Bigots accidentally strip health benefits from retired cops & firemen in El Paso

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A group of conservative Christians set out to block El Paso, Texas, from granting health-care benefits to same-sex partners of city-government employees. But the ballot measure they helped pass in November may also end up stripping benefits from others, including retired policemen and firefighters.

The measure was aimed at gay workers and their partners. The wording of the proposal, however, was vague, asking El Paso residents to endorse “traditional family values” by limiting benefits to “city employees and their legal spouse and dependent children.”

So when 55% of the voters approved the measure on Election Day, they eliminated coverage for some 200 people who don’t fit that description—among them elected officials, who aren’t technically city employees, and many former city workers, the city says.




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If You Accidentally Started Believing America Is Hating On Gays More, You’re Forgiven

With all the bullying — from kids and university professors and religious leaders and state officials and Carl Paladino and local residents — in recent weeks, "it has been easy to forget that Americans are becoming more accepting of gays and lesbians and of their rights to equal citizenship," notes The New Yorker. And even though not a single state in America has a measure to ban same-sex marriage on the ballot next month (the first time in a decade), "the divisive issue is roiling races across the country during a time of tumult for the gay rights movement," notes the AP. Because normal, sensible people rarely make headlines, while extremists own the news cycle.


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