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POSTED: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 5:25pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 12:51pm

EL PASO - After hours of heated debate the city council and Mayor Cook have overturned a voter initiative from last November.

Last year, 55 percent of voters approved a measure to end health benefits for unmarried partners of city employees.


But, because of how that initial ballot was worded, some city council members thought it also took benefits away from retirees and foster children. Today’s vote restores everyone's health benefits to what they were before the November election, but not everybody agrees with the move.

"To me the most fundamental of all basic civil rights is a right to vote and have the vote counted and today the mayor and the city council stripped the voters of their rights to have their votes counted," says Pastor Tim Brown.


"It wasn't a matter of city council trying to egregiously not recognize the vote and the will of the people instead this was an issue about whether or not city council has a responsibility to enforce good legislation and to protect the interest of all of their employees," says Antonio Williams, El Paso voter.


The benefits of all of the people mentioned in the ordinance were never taken away. However, had this amendment not passed, they would have lost their benefits in August.
 

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LET'S ALL SIGN A COMPLAINT WITH THE I.R.S. TO GET THE CHURCH OUT OF GOVERNMENT. IF CHURCH LEADERS WANT TO PLAY POLITICS, THEY NEED TO PAY TAXES LIKE THE REST OF US. ONE RELIGIOUS DOGMA HAS NO PLACE IN GOVERNMENT... THAT WOULD NOT BE DEMOCRACY NOR LEAD TO ANY KIND OF FREEDOMS. THIS PARTICULAR CHURCH SOUNDS MORE LIKE POLITICAL ACTION GROUP AND NOT A CHURCH THAT SHOULD BE ENJOYING A TAX-EXEMPT STATUS. PLEASE SEND YOUR INDIVIDUAL COMPLAINT FORM TO THE I.R.S.

Duh, bottom line, whether we are in favor of this one way or the other, if it is the WILL of the Voters, then it should stand as such. Blame it on stupid confusing wording (the city legal reviewers fault) or the wannabe savior pastor of EL Pasos dictating his morality on the public. But most of all, the real blame is on the spineless politicians and mayor included (im sure he checked with mommy Wilson frst), lets remember this at the next election, and the RECALL, Ill vote him out.

So with pastor brown spending so much time at city hall, whats happening at his church. Guess he has lots of money with all the NEW People attending his church or maybe its from the sales of his book. Then he should be able to foot the bill of the recall, cause I sick and tired of having to pick up the tab for al his other crap that he pulls. Really if he wants the recall so bad then he should have to foot the bill cause this is Stupid. Have him pick up all the cost.

No Mayor Cook should foot the bill for this and all the people who changed the vote.The people voted and a judge upheld the vote. So where is your logic in your post? I think the st*pid one is . . . . . YOU. Read your history on our government, start with your local government because you might get confused if you start with the laws of the Federal government.

LOL... you repulsive Christian Nazis need to GET OVER YOUR BIGOTED SELVES. I know one thing, if Jesus were alive today, he'd SLAP THE SNOT out of each and every one of you filth!

Really? Does this mean He would be going against His own words? You call us Republsive Christian Nazis? Well I wonder how you will feel if the Muslims ever became the majority, these "Christian Nazis" will be a walk in the park for you. . . becuase you know these muslims think women should not even drive a car much less talk to a male who is not of their family so IMAGINE WHAT WOULD BE DONE TO GAY PEOPLE. Hmm, christian nazis seems pretty darn nice from that perspective.

City council has a responsibility to enforce good legislation and to protect the interest of all of their employees is true. They do not however have the right to ignore the will of the people and put aside the Constitution by voiding the voice of the people. City council is egregious in its decision to ignore the law and they should be thrown in jail.

Where is Caballero, the self-appointed premier corruption fighter of El Paso? If this deliberate arrogant disrespect for the will of the voters for the benefit of a few is not corruption, I don't know what is. Guess she's not interested because it does not involve the district attorney. Or maybe it involves her own Democratic/autocratic party running rampant here?

Yes, 4 votes counts more than the thousands cast by the citizens of El Paso. It is obvious that El Pasoans should be greatful that Dictator Cook and 3 of his cronies run the City of El Paso.....they will show all of these "Sandhill El Pasoan Ignorants" how to live life according to their standards. Tyrants and these 4 have lots in common.

The issue has been totally side-tracked with religious and sexual orientations. City employees should only get benefits for their SPOUSES if they are married, not partnered. Second, benefits should only be given to those who fall into certain income brackets or solely for the city employee. Some city employees only make $10.00 an hour. They really need the benefits for their children and homemaker wives. Boyfriends and girlfriends, straight or gay, need to get jobs and get their own insurance.

BROWN IS FROM EL PASO...

NOT TO RESPECT OUR VOTES IS BAD!!!

WI WILL WIN AGAIN!

First of all learn how to spell "we" then you can come and bitch in this post, not only do you look ignorant, but also like a stupid moron who isn't educated. This post is to mature for you(:

Fantastic news! City council did the RIGHT thing by reversing this misguided vote. Hate, and that is what this boiled down to, should NEVER be legislated. Tom Brown, the repulsive passtor who fought to take benefits from deserving city employees and their partners, has now clearly been outfoxed and needs to go back to baptizing suckers in his swimming pool they paid for, and shut up!

I guess your rhetoric is not based on hate just the voters of El Paso?

The same voters elected these representatives with the idea of doing right by the city, and THAT'S exactly what they did.

I love the way Major Cook, creats & generates the chaos and then puts on the cape to save the day. This guy has plans for his up coming politcal future...he is just filling up his résumé with these actions and making sure how much his services will cost $$$$$$$$$$. WHAT A SELL OUT!!!!!!

Shame on you Mayor Cook. We the people voted, yes, myself included and for what? Thanks for keeping the voice of the people in check as you like. It is no wonder why there is so much voter apathy, I truly hope there is a recall on you. I will sign it.

Why don't you take your bigoted butt and go soak it in pASStor Browns pool! You need to cool off before prejudice makes your head explode.

i don't have to pay taxes, don't have to obey the laws of the U.S., That pastor brown is not even from el paso, why the hell is he getting in our business. He should get the hell out of here and take those who agree with him too.

Wow, El paso is like the rest of the country. They are going backwards instead of foward. Look at Cananda, Argentina, even Mexico City, where Gays have the right to marry and have the same benefits as heteros. I am a gay man and i pay taxes too. Which gives me the right to deny benefits to str8 people too. People read the constitution all men are created EQUAL!!!! It doesn't matter if your str8, gay, brown, yellow it clearly states equal!!!. Since i don't have the same rights, does that mean i

first of all, why should the taxpayer be "forced" to pay for someone's risky lifestyle? I barely started paying for my own insurance. Second of all being gay is not normal and yes I SAID IT NOT NORMAL AND NOT RECOGNIZED LEGAL.

Good to know our mayor is a socialist just like obama. Gald he can't run again. He has screwed up this city so bad it will take 20 years to straighten it out.

dr de los your right it a mess up city, corrupted, no sense of values and totally unfair practices. There should only be benefits for wives or husbands not those not married. This is a city Dr Del lOS of just freebie and welfare and the ones like you who work and have a home get taxed for all the freebiz illegals . There been budget cuts and I think the voters should protest this city governement handling of things .

It's not cool to go against the will of the people. We had the election, the people said no benefits for unmarried partners, and Cook said screw the people. What arrogance!

I THINK THAT NO MATTER WHAT SIDE OF THE ISSUE U STAND ON, THIS SETS A BAD PRECEDENT. IF ONLY A FEW PEOPLE VOTED BEFORE, EVEN LESS WILL VOTE IN THE FUTURE. ALL THIS TALK ABOUT "UR VOTE MATTERS"? THIS MOVE BY THE CITY COUNCIL CLEARLY PROVES THAT IT DOESN'T. These people need to get their heads out of their u know whats and remember that they are ELECTED city REPRESENTATIVES. I know MY signiture will be on that recall petitition.

Sure, why not, they are shacked up sharing expenses, I believe they should have same benefits, why not, they are partnered for life anyway, give them the same rights.

We cannot get insurance for our kids in College over the age of 23, but these man on man and woman on woman want benefits. It's disgusting. The voters in El Paso voted and said NO, so why has the Mayor and City Council overturned this. I voted, my vote should stand. What kind of bullcrap is this? We have some poltical rogues in El Paso. The people have spoken and said no to benefits of members of the same sex and it should remain that way. Mayor Cook, you are a CORRUPT pig. Susie Byrd, you too.

are you kidding me!
im 18 and i work my A$$ off i work full time and i get my own healt care!
and i go to school tellyour 23 yr old to get a JOB!
and there medicade for them that i prolly will pay!
and you people are the reason el paso will never be a real economic city
this is why the young ones will leave the college educated!smart voters! ask colleges students if they believe in giving gays benefits! educated yuoung people dont stand of inequality! youll see it when you need a doctor

YOUR RIGHT RAMO IT A CORRUPTED PLACE TO LIVE. THAT WHY MANY DONT VOTE HERE BECAUSE OF THIS CORRUPTION IN THIS CITY NOT ONLY IN GOVERMENT BUT IN WORK PLACES . THEY OVERTURNED IT BECAUSE IT HITS SOME IN CITY THAT CANT GET BENEFITS IF IT PASSED. VOTERS NEED TO PROTEST IT AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS CITY COURRPUPTION.

Wow really it took all this to realize church and state are seperate. Last i looked the el paso county and its city services are part of the state so why is there any debate about this.

Anyone with an alternative lifestyle is working for you. Then their partner should recieve benefits just like anyone else.

Talk about discrimination! Of course you decided to do the right thing because EP council would of been in a legal battle for years burning tax payer money while doing it.

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