You may recall the huge flap in El Paso last November when it was realized that Pastor Tom Brown’s successful drive to repeal domestic partners benefits for city employees also cut out the same perks for retired firefighters and cops. That didn’t bother Pastor Brown because, hey, them queers had lost. Under the threat of a lawsuit from the local police union, in June of this year El Paso’s city council restored the benefits for everybody. Now Brown has launched a recall petition against the city council and mayor.
Mr. Brown, the charismatic leader of Word of Life Church, an independent evangelical congregation of about 1,500 members, is on a mission to ensure that the domestic partners of El Paso city workers no longer get health insurance. He is spearheading an effort to oust the mayor and two City Council members who supported an ordinance allowing the city to pay for the health benefits of unmarried employees’ domestic partners — gay and straight. “They want to reward fornicators, and they want to reward homosexuals,” Mr. Brown said in an interview, his voice booming with indignation as he pumped his fist for emphasis.
A whopping 19 city employees have enrolled domestic partners.