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El Paso, Texas Retains Ban on Domestic Partner Benefits

On election day, El Paso, Texas voters approved a referendum denying health benefits to unmarried partners of city employees.

Cityhall The City Council took up the measure yesterday and could have repealed it, but didn't:

"Council voted 4-3 in the controversial issue. Representatives Carl Robinson, Rachel Quintana, Eddie Holguin and Beto O'Rourke voted against rescinding the public referendum. Representatives Ann Morgan Lilly, Susie Byrd and Steve Ortega voted to vacate the ordinance that the public approved on November 2 in what some community members dub the "family values" benefits ordinance. Represenatives Emma Acosta was absent. The council voted to postpone any discussion on the matter for eight weeks. The ordinance that voters authorized by a 55-45 margin ends medical insurance benefits for 19 gay and unmarried partners of city employees. These workers have received taxpayer-funded coverage since the council implemented that policy at the beginning of the year."

The AP adds:

"City Attorney Charlie McNabb had said the approved ordinance is so broad that about 200 people, including some city retirees, also will lose medical coverage as of Jan. 1."

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  1. I will never understand how getting people kicked off of health insurance is somehow a "Christian" value. What part of "love thy neighbor" do these El Paso family values folks not understand?

    Posted by: Dback | Nov 17, 2010 9:16:53 AM

  2. These mentally deranged sickos never miss an opportunity to be cruel, do they?

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Nov 17, 2010 9:25:51 AM

  3. And this is because Marriage is between a man and a woman, right?

    Not because of discrimination... just checkin'

    Posted by: pete | Nov 17, 2010 9:25:51 AM

  4. Note to Gays : MOVE away from that armpit of a city, lesbians too, move to Austin!

    Posted by: ty | Nov 17, 2010 9:30:44 AM

  5. it saddens me that one of my favorite websites has to report on such aweful news.....however, do know that not all El Pasoans are small minded biggoted close minded people....and this ordinance will change :)

    Posted by: ventura | Nov 17, 2010 9:57:08 AM

  6. Let's face it. Left to their own devices, Americans are a small-minded and hateful people.

    Posted by: niles | Nov 17, 2010 10:21:15 AM

  7. 19 people? That's how many were affected? There was a referendum to stop 19 PEOPLE from receiving benefits? Word don't describe how stupid that is.

    Posted by: BenB | Nov 17, 2010 10:26:27 AM

  8. So gay taxpayers are subsidizing their straight colleagues, while their straight colleagues are voting to take away benefits for gay taxpayers. That's fair, right? Not to encourage embezzling, but I'd say the gay workers are entitled.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 17, 2010 10:46:50 AM

  9. I live by here, in Las Cruces, and I am disgusted this happened. El Paso is the worst freaking city on the face of the Earth and this is just the final nail in the coffin.

    Posted by: ila lwara | Nov 17, 2010 11:13:40 AM

  10. for legal people....is this a case where those people can sue? they were granted benefits and then had them removed. a tiny hint of Romer here? 19 people....there is not a reason other than animus. any thoughts?

    Posted by: cr8nguy | Nov 17, 2010 6:10:14 PM

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