Pastor Tom Brown robbed hundreds of people of health insurance when he spearheaded a ballot measure that overturned domestic partner benefits for El Paso city employees. But now Brown wants the LGBT community and its supporters to just forget about it and stop protesting outside his Word of Life Church. KFOX Channel 8 reports:
After the council passed the ordinance, Pastor Tom Brown quickly gained enough signatures to send the decision of whether or not domestic partners should get health care benefits to the voters and the majority sided with him.
“Let’s all move on,” said Brown.
The group of protesters Tuesday, mostly composed of radio talk show hosts, said that is not going to happen.
“Don’t you think it’s a little late; the election’s over with,” said Brown.
The group said it’s never too late and this is just the beginning of what they call “Love” rallies.
“To me that’s not love when you mock other peoples’ lives,” said Brown.
The pastor said he hopes the protesters pick a better and more respectful location next time.
“This is a place where people have their particular views, and they shouldn’t be put to ridicule because a particular church doesn’t correspond to the public view,” said Brown.
Even The Wall Street Journal has taken notice of the DP benefits controversy in El Paso. The WSJ story posted Monday says the ballot initiative could eventually threaten health benefits for up to 6,000 people,, including retirees, because it was so vaguely worded. You see, Brown’s group couldn’t find an attorney to work on the initiative, so they just wrote it themselves. Now, the city’s labor unions are preparing a lawsuit, and the City Council is looking at ways to overturn the initiative:
The pastor, Tom Brown, is threatening to fight officials if they attempt to reinstate the benefits for gay partners. He has proposed another ballot initiative which would strip the city council of its power to amend or rescind voter-approved measures.
“I’m feeling a call from God to get more involved in our government,” Mr. Brown said in an interview.