The long fight over domestic partner benefits in El Paso took another turn yesterday, as voters approved it and sent the only mayoral candidate who supported the measure into a runoff. The Dallas Voice reports:
Elsewhere, El Paso voters approved Proposition 7, which adds gay employees to to the nondiscrimination policy in employment and provision of benefits, the El Paso Times reports. Among other things, Prop 7 will allow the city to continue offering DP benefits. Only one of the city’s seven mayoral candidates, Steve Ortega, publicly supported Prop 7. Ortega advanced to a runoff against Oscar Leeser.
You may remember the fight that ensued after the city council first passed the domestic partners ordinance in 2009 – a voter repeal that unintentionally took rights away from grandparents too, a court battle, and now this. For the full history, click here to see our past articles on the subject.