The battle over health benefits for same-sex couples began in 2009, when the council approved a budget item that expanded coverage to unmarried domestic partners of city employees.
Byrd said the move stemmed from a conversation she and other council members had with a gay high school student who said he did not feel welcome in El Paso.
Brown is steeling himself for the coming battle, too, and he said he is determined to see to it that Cook and the others are driven out and that the city stops providing benefits to gays.
“Homosexuality is being trumpeted as a moral activity,” he said. ” Texas Tribune donors or members may be quoted or mentioned in our stories, or may be the subject of them. The Texas Tribune is pleased to provide the opportunity for you to share your observations about this story.
Overturning the voter referendum outraged Brown and his supporters, who decided to launch a recall effort.