Dallas Mayor Urged To Sign Gay Marriage Pledge

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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One Comment

  1. YRofTexas says:

    Why? Let the mayor do what he wants. Even passage of such declarations still does not make this issue acceptable.
    Why not focus the energy by taking this issue to the Muslim countries, where they not only deny marriages of this sort, but they kill those who participate in this activity. That is where the focus needs to be…Muslims to accept that some people are gay and not condemn them for it, but accept people for who they are.
    Is it not enough that American society accepts people of all orientations? Must this issue be forced on individuals aggressively into not only accepting it; but embracing it and abandoning one’s own personal perspective in order to please an intolerant minority (those against traditional marriage)?

  2. Really Tired says:

    If he doesn’t want to sign it, that is his business and he should not be forced to sign it. You do understand though that I am sure he has a cell phone and can still be reached for city business. Disrupting his employees is not the way to get the man to see your point. Give it a rest.

  3. Rosemary says:

    Didn’t the bible teach u bout gay n same sex marriage? Really?

  4. NiteNurse says:

    While I believe people of the same sex deserve to be happily married like the rest of us hetrosexuals 😉 I don’t think Mayor Mike will sign the pledge. He’s looking for bigger and better offices and signing a gay pledge simply won’t wash with the voters he’s looking to please.

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