EL PASO, Texas - The El Paso City Council has let stand a voter-approved ban on health insurance benefits for domestic partners of municipal workers.

The city council Tuesday declined to reject the measure, approved Nov. 2, that will end such benefits for 19 gay and unmarried partners of city employees.

City Attorney Charlie McNabb had said the approved ordinance is so broad that about 200 people, including some city retirees, also will lose medical coverage as of Jan. 1.

But the council voted 4-3 not to introduce an ordinance that would have retained the benefits.