EL PASO -- The City Council voted on Tuesday to restore health benefits to gay and unmarried partners of city employees and scores of others, an issue that promises to come up again after two new council members are sworn in later this month.
After hearing spirited arguments from members of the public on both sides of the issue, the council split 4-4. Mayor John Cook, who proposed the ordinance restoring benefits, broke the tie in favor of it despite a ballot initiative in November ending them.
City Reps. Beto O'Rourke and Rachel Quintana, who will leave the council in two weeks, voted in favor of restoring the benefits. Quintana's replacement, Michiel Noe, on Tuesday said he would not have voted the way she did.
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