Reporting Stephanie Lucero
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The gay and lesbian community wants to turn up the heat on Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings on Friday by bombarding his office with telephone calls, urging him to sign a pledge in support of same-sex marriage. Rawlings said that he supports same-sex unions, but he has refused to sign the pledge, saying that he would rather stay focused on city issues.
On its Facebook page, the organizers of a group called ‘Get Equal Texas’ said, “Despite weeks of outrage from the community, protests, countless emails, thousands of phone calls, petition signatures, faxes and even a meeting with members of the LGBT community, Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas continues to refuse to join the Mayors of almost every major U.S. city in signing a pledge in support of marriage equality.”
Group organizers are urging people to call the Mayor’s office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Friday. “Our goal is to tie up the phone lines,” the group said on its Facebook page. Traditionally, city council and mayoral offices keep track of phone calls on issues.
Another Facebook page called ‘Tell Mike Rawlings SIGN THE PLEDGE Statewide Day of Action’ is also spearheading the push for callers.
In a statement before the Dallas City Council on February 8, organizer David Cates with Dallas LGBT said, “Mayor Rawlings, when good men like you remain silent, the sexist, homophobe and racists of the world win.”
Last month, after meeting with 25 leaders from the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, Rawlings said, “I’m a bit pledge-phobic.” He added, “I think America has got too many pledges out there and I think it’s simplistic and not substantive.”
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