EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- A Texas judge has denied El Paso mayor John Cook's request to block a recall election to remove him and
two council members who voted to restore benefits to city workers'
unmarried domestic partners.
The Rev. Tom Brown initiated the recall drive after Cook and council members Susie Byrd and Steve Ortega voted to overturn the limiting of benefits to legal spouses and their children.
Brown, who pastors El Paso's Word of Life Church, had led the effort that led to voter approval of those limits last year.
Mayor Cook challenged the recall effort, arguing that Brown
violated state election law by using church resources to collect
signatures for the recall petition. The Alliance Defense Fund is
challenging the constitutionality of that law in federal court.
The recall election is set for April 14.
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