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Gay Groups Face Off Against Dallas Mayor Over Pledge to Support Marriage Equality: VIDEO


Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was not among the dozens of American mayors who signed the 'Mayors for the Freedom to Marry' endorsement of marriage equality last week, and the LGBT community in Dallas is not happy about it, WFAA reports:

The gay groups say they're organizing a 7:00 p.m. protest of Rawlings' refusal to sign a pledge to fight for gay marriage. And Rawlings says although he'll meet with them, he's not backing down.

After being in Washington last week, Rawlings led the city council meeting again, determined to stick to city business. "[W]e were getting off track and dealing with some partisan politics, some issues that I don't think are relevant to the lion's share of the citizens of Dallas, so chose not to do it," Rawlings said.

Watch WFAA's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Sometimes I don't get people. He's personally in favor of gay marriage? But it's an irrelevant issue? How can civil rights be irrelevant. An elected official should not always pander to his constituents but do what is right even if the "lion's share" of the people who elected him are against it.

    Posted by: FMB | Jan 26, 2012 10:03:51 AM

  2. So glad I left Dallas... they have a nice LGBT community that makes the best of it, but there's just too many bigots to justify wasting a life there.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 26, 2012 10:20:24 AM

  3. So what if the economy were booming and jobs were plentiful. He'd still sit on the fence? They'll come up with any excuse to avoid doing the right thing, democrat or republican. Their careers are far more important as well as the power that goes to their heads.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Jan 26, 2012 10:31:16 AM

  4. I really don't get Rawlings. He said after the pledge was created that he was personally for gay marriage. Maybe I'm mistaken but isn't that the whole point of the pledge? The mayors aren't speaking for their cities, but themselves. Considering Rawlings already publically announced his support of gay marriage, what's the harm in signing the pledge? If he had just signed it, there would be no brouhaha going on right now. (Another article I read said he even got pushback from his daughter and son for not signing the pledge. Its nice to see the future generation is not as ignorant as some of the previous ones.)

    Posted by: KT | Jan 26, 2012 10:36:18 AM

  5. Hey...waitaminute.

    I thought that it was a Texas miracle for jobs and the economy.

    Are you telling me that's a lie or are you just a lying sackofshit.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Jan 26, 2012 10:36:33 AM

  6. Another passive-aggressive bigot.

    Texas is a miracle if you are wealthy--or upper middle class and employed with a good salary.

    Otherwise you have a bevvy of choices when it comes to low-salary, dead-end jobs (which companies want you to believe you should be insanely grateful for "in this economy").

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 26, 2012 11:16:46 AM

  7. To my mayor:


    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Jan 26, 2012 1:35:21 PM

  8. yeah. and integration wasn't "relevant" to privileged white people, either.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 26, 2012 1:43:16 PM

  9. KT - you said "
    (Another article I read said he even got pushback from his daughter and son for not signing the pledge. Its nice to see the future generation is not as ignorant as some of the previous ones.)"

    I would very much like to read that article. If you could post a link that would be awesome!

    Mayor Rawlings = coward!

    Posted by: Tiffbish | Jan 26, 2012 4:10:00 PM

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