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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings Refuses To Move Forward With Resolution Supporting Marriage Equality: VIDEO

Despite earlier reports that the Dallas City Council was planning to take up a resolution supporting same-sex marriage and that the votes to pass it were secured, it appears the proposal has collapsed under Mayor Mike Rawlings' refusal to place the resolution on the council agenda. Yesterday, LGBT activists gathered in Dallas to express outrage over the demise of the resolution and of Rawlings' tepid support of gay rights in general.

The Dallas Voice reports:

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 10.32.54 AMMayor Mike Rawlings, who avoided taking a stance on the resolution for six months, had publicly announced earlier Tuesday that he planned to vote in favor of it even though he feels it is a "misuse" of council time. But after [Councilwoman Delia] Jasso removed her signature, Rawlings said Wednesday he wouldn't place the resolution on the council agenda because it no longer had the five council signatures needed to force him to do so.

You will recall that the first-term mayor was previously on record saying the resolution was "a waste of time."

Watch a news report on the resolution and protest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Failed Anti-Gay Dallas Candidate Distributes Hateful Anti-Gay Flier at City Council Meeting


Remember the hateful voicemail I posted yesterday from failed Dallas City Council candidate Richard P. Sheridan? Last night, Sheridan was at the Dallas City Council meeting passing out the flier seen above.

Writes Dallas Morning News reporter Rudolph Bush: Sheridan

During the meeting, Sheridan began passing out fliers. He dropped one in my office. He gave a few to people in the audience. And then he put one in the hand of former Dallas City Council member Craig Holcomb.

...It was a distortion of a recent Dallas Voice front page showing the faces of three openly gay council candidates, Vernon Franko, Leland Burk and Herschel Weisfeld. Sheridan had X’d through each of their faces and scrawled 6s on their foreheads.

“God’s voice was heard in Dallas Saturday. No openly gay LGBT City Councilmember!!” he wrote, in reference to the fact that all three lost their races. (Franko and Weisfeld ran against Adam Medrano in District 2)

Sheridan failed to write that his own bid for council came up a little short too. In fact, he managed to get 28 votes in District 13. That’s 28 votes out of 10,350 votes cast in the district. Burk lost to Jennifer Staubach Gates, but he got 3,584 votes for his effort. Or, to put it another way, Burk got 128 times the votes that Sheridan did.

Sheridan's actions reportedly drew outrage at the meeting, and the Council may now be reconsidering its open microphone rules and reviewing its guidelines regarding abusive speakers.

In the profanity-laced voicemail I posted yesterday, Sheridan had scolded a reporter at D magazine for failing to report that his opponent was gay.

Losing Dallas City Council Candidate Unleashes on Reporter in Homophobic, Profanity-Laced Voicemail: AUDIO


Richard P. Sheridan (Above), a losing candidate in Dallas' recent City Council elections, is making headlines now over a voicemail he left reporter Dan Koller at D Magazine, excoriating Koller over an election preview article he wrote, accusing Koller of failing to inform his readers that his opponent Leland Burk, is gay.

Said Sheridan: "You sir are a cunt, bitch, coward...you're a propagandist for the sodomite. When I see you, I'm not sure what I'm gonna do, but minimally your eardrums will hurt you motherf**ker."

Writes Koller:

"You can’t try to apply logic to the raving lunatic who left me a voicemail at 9:24 on Saturday night in which he called me a coward six times, a “[see you next Tuesday]” five times, a “mother[lover]” four times, a bitch twice, “a disgrace to our city” once, and “a sorry ass” once. In the middle of all that, he also said, “I don’t think you have one testicle, sir.” (He’s wrong about that last point, but I appreciate him calling me “sir.”)

Listen to the voicemail, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings Calls Resolution Supporting Marriage Equality a 'Waste of Time'

The Dallas City Council is planning to take up a resolution supporting same-sex marriage and reportedly has the votes to pass it, the Dallas Voice reports:

RawlingsDallas City Councilman Scott Griggs says he has the eight votes needed to pass a resolution in support of marriage equality and statewide LGBT employment protections.

Griggs has said he didn’t want to place the item on the agenda until he was sure it had the eight votes needed to pass.

Mayor Mike Rawlings (pictured) told the Dallas Morning News that he thinks the resolution is a waste of time:

This afternoon, Rawlings stressed that he is “an unequivocal supporter of marriage equality.”

But the Dallas City Council should not spend its meetings debating political questions that it has no power over, he said.

“I don’t want to be talking about late-term abortions, or gun control, or Gitmo,” he said.

To do so is “a misuse of City Council time.” ... “To do this for what seems to be political purposes is not good judgment,” he said.

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'Dallas Morning News' Endorses Marriage Equality


In January of 2011, the Dallas Morning News made waves by announcing that it would not publish same-sex marriage announcements because same-sex marriage remains unrecognized in Texas. It was six months before public outrage forced the paper to change their policy.

Today, about two years on, the paper made another big announcement: they're endorsing marriage equality.

Same-sex marriage has been percolating at the state level for several years, leading to a patchwork of laws that create more confusion than clarity. The court can undo that confusion by determining the constitutional parameters of this issue.

We urge the Supreme Court to affirm the right of gay couples to marry based upon the fundamental American ideal of equality before the law. It is critical that the court also make clear that such a ruling won’t require churches whose doctrines oppose same-sex marriage to perform such ceremonies.

The paper's editorial also highlights the broadsheet's own support for inclusion - they opposed a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage and support non-discrimination policies in their workplace - and concludes, "What’s at stake before the Supreme Court is how a secular society should respond to the growing demand for same-sex marriage."


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