Mayor's Still Explaining His Stance on Same-Sex Marriage Petition; LGBT Voters Ain't Buying It

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Seems Mayor Mike wasn't done talking about his decision not to sign the same-sex marriage pledge  officially unveiled at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in D.C. today. Because hours after we spoke Thursday morning, he took to his Facebook page to post the following:
Upon taking office, I made a conscious decision to focus on issues that create a healthy, viable city and not on those that are partisan and social in nature. I was asked to pledge my support to "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" in an effort to pressure state and federal entities to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. I decided not to sign onto that letter because that is inconsistent with my view of the duties of the office of the mayor.

To be a world class city, we must be inclusive towards all citizens, including the LGBT community. Personally, I support the LGBT movement and its efforts for equal rights that they deserve.
First, all those playing the "World Class City" game, take a drink. I'll wait. Now, then. The first comment gave the mayor a hear, here ("With you on both issues. Awareness & honesty are most effective in opening hearts & minds"); the rest were far less dig-it. (Said the nastiest of all: "Don't be another Leppert.")

And, as someone pointed out in the comments last night, there is now a Change.org petition: "Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings: Sign the Freedom To Marry Pledge Supporting Same-Gender Marriage." When I first saw it at late yesterday afternoon it had 78 signatures; that number's now up to 195. The mayor's office is well aware of its existence.
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Erik
Erik

@Cece Cox, I support your right to wear your cellphone on a beltclip.

Guest
Guest

You just know that next year, somebody's going to circulate a pledge to stop human trafficking or something and the dude will sign without thinking twice despite his opposition to such ceremonial pledges this year.

Rangers100
Rangers100

This looks like the move of someone wanting to run for higher office.

Just sign it.

Larry
Larry

I'm ok with gay marriage, but I agree with Rawlings that he ought to focus on running the city and expending his political capital there. So, a good way to spend that political capital, IMO, would be to stand up to the citizen's council / real estate / suburban transportation crowd and say, "we're going to fix the Trinity River project by killing the Tollroad."

So, the question I have is, Mayor Mike, how exactly are you going to expend that political capital if not on gay marriage? 

Gangy
Gangy

He's going to push for laws encouraging fracking here in Dallas.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

This was just dispatched by Resource Center Dallas:

Resource Center Dallas issues statement on Mayor Rawlings and marriage equality pledge Dallas—The statement below is from Cece Cox, executive director and chief executive officer of Resource Center Dallas, about Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ decision not to sign a pledge in support of marriage equality signed by more than 70 other mayors:

“As the executive director and CEO of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community center in the sixth largest LGBT community in United States, I am concerned that Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is not supporting marriage equality alongside other big-city mayors. Legally recognized marriage is a civil rights, an economic and a legal issue that directly affects the members of the LGBT community where he serves as mayor and who call Dallas home.

In the last two years, two major LGBT conferences (Creating Change and the Out & Equal Workplace Summit) have visited Dallas, bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars in local economic impact. I suspect that no LGBT group will want to come to Dallas when they learn of the mayor’s position.

LGBT families are shut out of the legal protections granted with marriage. The result is that couples and children in LGBT families are precluded from legal health benefits, economic benefits and the safety and security that so many others enjoy because the laws automatically protect them. I urge Mayor Rawlings to revisit and reconsider his decision.”

pak152
pak152

I think the mayor has more important city problems to worry about.

Guest
Guest

I know, surely there's a groundbreaking or other photo op he needs to attend.

Of course, he's halfway across the country as this convention attending things like the 1st Annual Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards Luncheon, so I don't know how much time, effort and mindpower he's putting toward solving our city's important problems this week anyhow.

Paul
Paul

Gay and lesbian marriage? Aw, pshaw ... I say let them be just as miserable as the rest of us ... besides I am more interested in how the divorces are going to be handled.

Guest
Guest

He's spent more time explaining than it would've taken to just sign the thing.

With all the bullshit stuff mayors do anyway, hardly anybody would've noticed if he had signed it.

Facebook User
Facebook User

I find this trend fascinating: interest groups putting a contract together and asking politicians to sign it or face the wrath of their PR machines. Interest groups on the left and the right are using the tactic and I am considering writing my own contract for politicians. The gist:

I, [insert your name], agree NEVER to sign any pledge or contract delivered to me by any interest group.

Have you read the pledge in question? What are the details? Perhaps the politician agrees with the title of the pledge, but not with the mechanics or the details of the pledge. Quit signing these things and maybe they will stop writing them.

My rule of thumb, never sign a contract without consideration. These contracts come with a price - a price for the politician - don't be a sucker.

Guest
Guest

"My rule of thumb, never sign a contract without consideration."

Why not?  If there's no consideration, then you can get out of the contract (or technically, if there's no consideration, there is no contract).

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Oh, and in the words of Liz Lemon from last night's 30 Rock: "Why did you have to offend the gay community? It is the most organized of all the communities."

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