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Fort Lauderdale Approves Resolution Urging State Leaders to Legalize Gay Marriage

Fort Lauderdale's city commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday night urging state leaders to take action to legalize same-sex marriage, the New Times reports:

The measure, sponsored by openly gay Commissioner Dean Trantalis, is nonbinding, and asks Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to make gay marriage in Florida legal.

SeilerAs they had indicated before the vote, Mayor Jack Seiler (pictured) and Vice Mayor Romney Rogers opposed the resolution.

But it passed in a 3-2 vote, with Commissioners Trantalis, Bobby DuBose and Bruce Roberts supporting it.

The statement did not appear likely to pass just hours before last night's meeting, NBC Miami reports:

"I got calls today from California, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Orlando, all wanting to know if our chamber was going to step up and step up to the plate," Chad Thilborger, the chair for the Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange said.

Supporters’ biggest fear if the resolution failed was the economic impact. According to the Convention & Visitors Bureau, there are currently 150 LGBT owned businesses in Broward County. Last year there were 1.2 million visitors who spent $1.4 billion dollars, most of that in Fort Lauderdale.

“My fear from an economic impact point of view would have been a Florida boycott with tourism as well as with businesses," Thilborger said. Of the more than 40 speakers, two were against the resolution primarily for religious reasons.

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  1. Mayor Seiler was formerly mayor of Wilton Manors, our adjacent neighbor, & was generally decent on gay issues. He was able to fend off challenges from candidates who were openly gay largely due to the fact that voters thought everyone in the races were equally committed to positive gay issues. However, when it really mattered on the Marriage Equality Resolution last night, he turned his back on us.

    True, the resolution passed anyway. But for Mayor Seiler, future political ambitions must be sought without the support of the gay community. He really let us down.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Jun 18, 2014 3:42:27 PM

  2. What a change from when the city along with its then mayor Jim Naugle wanted to install restroom scanners to fight public cruising.

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 18, 2014 3:59:12 PM

  3. It's interesting that some opposition seems to have arisen from a tourism and trade worry. That's odd. While gays are, in general, less wealthy than str8 citizens, we probably have more disposable income and are, therefore, more likely to travel and visit gay-friendly places -- especially those with clement climates.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Jun 18, 2014 4:28:28 PM

  4. Ba bye, Mr. Mayor.

    You would think that the person most responsible for understanding the monetary value of tourism would have just a little clue when it comes to 'the gays.'

    We are vocal, organized, & much more likely to vacation in Ft L than all the other destinations competing for vacation dollars.

    Throw the bum out.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Jun 18, 2014 4:54:50 PM

  5. As a Fort Lauderdale resident and an owner of one of those 150 businesses, I think our elected officials shouldn't be spending time on non-binding resolutions.

    If they want to address social equality issues, why not tackle things that could be improved within the city? Start with helping our sizable homeless population or work to improve the condition of our lower-income neighborhoods.

    Posted by: alex | Jun 18, 2014 5:08:33 PM

  6. I'm in Ft. Lauderdale and I also think it was a waste of time. The vote is meaningless. Gov. Rick Scott and the super majority republican Florida Legislature hates Gays and they will only laugh in our faces for doing this.

    Posted by: ELI | Jun 19, 2014 7:20:36 AM

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