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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