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Group Opposing Ordinance Garners Support


POSTED: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 7:22pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 6:05pm

EL PASO - A group that opposes the new ordinance that eliminated benefits for domestic partners almost has enough signatures to have their say in May.

The ordinance only makes city benefits available to city employees and their legal spouses and children. El Paso for Equality has drafted a petition to add an anti-discrimination clause to the city charter, which would be voted on in May.

The group's chair, Lyda Ness-Garcia, says the original wording of the ordinance was deliberately misleading.

"Literally every time we have a meeting with have at least several people come up to us and say, we voted wrong, or we know someone who voted wrong, we didn't understand it," she said.

The group also says the proposed amendment, which city council will vote on today, doesn't go far enough.

Some council members say they'd amend the current ordinance to grandfather in people who already have benefits.

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So city council just said "we are abiding by religious standards rather then federal laws" that say you cannot discriminate against race, creed, sex, or lifestyle.

So you back up illegal immigrants who said the hispanic community will be discriminated on and fought for them for equality but yet something like this you go the other direction and say *f* anyone who does not have a traditional lifestyle. I fail to see your logic!

This is ridicules, allow domestic partners, some are gay, some are straight have their benefits, this is illegal not to, there is suppose be separation of church and state. Every domestic partner, whether legally maried or not, know its not the document that makes the other a life partner, but a committment to share your life together.

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