Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:
1. The El Paso City Council’s 5-4 vote Tuesday to reinstate domestic partner benefits likely won’t be the last word on the matter, the El Paso Times reports. Two of the council members who voted to reinstate benefits are leaving office this month, and at least one of their replacements says he would have voted against reinstating DP benefits. Meanwhile, another of the council members who voted to reinstate benefits says she wants to put the issue back on the ballot as a charter amendment in November. And the anti-gay pastor behind last year’s ballot initiative to rescind DP benefits, Tom Brown, says he’ll launch recall petitions against Mayor John Cook and two councilmembers who voted in favor of DP benefits and are not leaving office.
2. A coalition of LGBT groups will deliver a petition containing nearly 10,000 signatures today to the Southern Baptist Convention during its annual meeting in Phoenix, calling on the SBC to apologize for the harm its teachings have caused LGBT people. “We call on the Southern Baptist Convention to stop misusing the Bible to promote religion-based bigotry and start recognizing the enormous pain and suffering caused by its mistreatment of LGBT people, particularly vulnerable youth,” said Dr. Jack McKinney, a former Southern Baptist minister and spokesperson for Faith in America. “History has not been kind to the Southern Baptist Convention’s record on minorities, and it is making the same awful mistake today by perpetuating abuse against gay people.”
3. The Houston GLBT Political Caucus is asking people to contact local media outlets and demand accurate and respectful reporting about transgender victims, after several outlets identified a murdered transgender woman as a “male prostitute,” a “cross-dresser” and a “transvestite” this week. The Caucus says only one of six outlets made an effort to get it right and correct their coverage. Here’s the contact info for the others: Houston Chronicle – 713-362-7171; KPRC – 713-778-4910; KHOU – 713-526-1111; Fox 26 – 713-479-2600; Houston Press – 713-280-2400.
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