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Voters reject domestic benefits in Chattanooga

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Voters in Chattanooga have rejected a proposal to allow health benefits for domestic partners of city employees.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1kr13pY ) reports the measure was rejected in Thursday's referendum election by 5,501 votes.

In November, Chattanooga became the third city in Tennessee to vote to expand benefits to same-sex couples, after Collegedale and Knoxville.

Opponents of the law organized a petition drive immediately after the vote and gathered enough signatures to force the City Council either to revisit its vote or allow the issue to go to referendum. The council chose the latter option.

Supporters of the measure said they were disappointed.

Chattanooga Tea Party President Mark West said he hopes city officials will honor "the will of the people."