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Hundreds Rally To Support Gay Marriage; Protest Mayor

by Annie Potasznik
A person holds a rainbow flag during a Gay Pride parade. (credit: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/GettyImages)

A person holds a rainbow flag during a Gay Pride parade. (credit: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/GettyImages)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Hundreds rallied in support for gay marriage Saturday.

The gay pride march was originally planned to bring attention to two marriage equality cases awaiting a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. Recent events however, at Dallas City Hall have given the rally a new purpose.

Supporters said they’re protesting Mayor Mike Rawlings due to his decision not to put a resolution supporting gay marriage on the city council agenda.

This isn’t the first time Rawlings has drawn the ire of protestors. Last year he refused to sign a pledge in support of a Constitutional law allowing same-sex marriage.

“I’m a bit pledge-phobic,” Rawlings told reporters at the Dallas Resource Center afterward. “I think America has got too many pledges out there and I think it’s simplistic and not substantive.”

While signing the pledge may be a “simplistic” action for Rawlings, members of the LGBT community said it could  have resonated deeply throughout the city.

The Boys Scouts of America just lifted its ban on gay scouts, but not without loud and widespread opposition. A dozen states plus the District of Columbia now permit same-sex marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court will also rule on same-sex marriage this year.

Pride Month is held to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, which was the turning point for the gay rights movement.

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