LGBT Group to Remind Mayor Mike Tomorrow It's Still Upset Over That Marriage Pledge

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Oh, and by the way, thanks to the anonymous someone who sent us this photo of Mayor Mike Rawlings, as the cop, and the rest of the Village People from Sunday's Mardi Gras parade in Oak Cliff.
It's not often we get invitations to flood the mayor's office with phone calls -- we tend to do that all on our own -- but LGBT rights group GetEQUAL TX is planning a different sort of mass phone-in to Mayor Mike Rawlings's office tomorrow. According to this here Facebook invite, GetEQUAL -- last seen on Valentine's Day trying, in a symbolic sort of way, to get a marriage license for Hendrix Scott and Jennifer McCluskey -- is still very unimpressed with Mayor Mike's refusal to sign that pledge in support of marriage equality.

As the event invite puts it:

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.

Rather than throwing in the towel, GetEQUAL TX is just getting started!

Join us Friday, February 24th, 2012 as we invite Texans to give the Dallas Mayor's Office a little call. Our goal is to tie up the office phone lines from 9am-5pm with literally thousands of calls, sending a message to Mike Rawlings that this issue is not going away!

So far, 136 people have signed up to attend the event. Not quite "thousands," but who replies to Facebook invites, anyway?

We left a message for Daniel Cates, a central GetEQUAL organizer who also spoke at a previous protest outside City Hall, but haven't yet heard back. We also called Paula Blackmon, the mayor's chief of staff, to ask if the office has any specific plans to address the protest.

"Other than answering the phone?" Blackmon replied, rather stoically.

"We welcome anybody calling our office," she added. "We welcome any communication from any constituent and we'll do our best to answer it and to get back with them."

We asked if Rawlings has plans to meet with LGBT leaders again to discuss the issue. "Not as a big group," Blackmon said. "But we do have plans to meet with them to see where our office can -- or [Rawlings] as an individual person -- can help with changing laws or talking about issues. But I don't know what else we can do for Daniel or GetEQUAL, other than sign it. And I just ... I just don't know."

In the meantime, the office has a couple of phone-answering interns and a form at the ready to take contact information from the callers. I told Blackmon I'd follow up tomorrow to see how many calls the office actually received.

"Try my cell phone," she said dryly. "The land line may be tied up."

Update, 4:33 p.m.: Just returned to the office to find this statement from Cates in the inbox.

Ms. Blackmon is attempting to trivialize this issue by implying that the only people raising concern are members of GetEQUAL TX. This is simply not true. The Mayor's position on the issue of this pledge is something that has put a major strain on his relationship with the greater Dallas LGBT Community. His not signing the pledge has been condemned by members of Equality Texas, Resource Center Dallas, the Dallas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Lesbian/ Gay alliance, the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, other elected officials and literally thousands of members of our community. This is an issue of right and wrong -and right now, remaining neutral while thousands of people he claims to support suffer injustice at the hands of the law, is just wrong. The issue of inequality in marriage is one that puts an economic, familial and healthcare strain on more than 14,000 people who live, work and pay taxes in his city. That he is unwilling to take a stand and continues to straddle the fence speaks volumes. We will continue to pressure him on this issue and to see to it that he makes good on his promise to work on our behalf on other very important issues including employment non-discrimination.

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Bob
Bob

As a gay man, I am less concerned about Mayor Mike's declining to sign "the pledge" than I am about the guys running for U.S. Senate and U. S. President who want to turn back the clock on Lawrence v. Texas, DADT repeal, and the other legislative and regulatory progress that has been achieved since Stonewall.  One of these Neanderthals will be our next U. S. Senator, and another could well be our next President.  Both of those are much more dire events than our Mayor not signing your pledge, folks.  Get your priorities in order.

Reality Check
Reality Check

..almost every major U.S. city...

7 out of top 109 out of top 20

thank you very much

jfpo
jfpo

Read Schutze's column below if you want to know why he'll never sign that pledge. That picture should come back and haunt him nicely in the future, however.

Lilcarl75501
Lilcarl75501

Well, I'm not terribly concerned about him signing a pledge, but it would be quite upsetting to have ANOTHER Tom Leppert. Poor Paula...She doesn't seem to want to say much. I'll ask Santa to bring her a personality for Christmas or whatever Winter religious celebration she chooses. :-)

The Credible Hulk
The Credible Hulk

Wow.

Not only won't this douchebag sign this pledge, but then he goes and gets all "Village People" with a bunch of his pals for the Mardi Gras parade?

Talk about adding insult to injury.

Guest
Guest

The Mayor is much too busy getting involved in areas outside the mayor's purview to take three seconds to sign a pledge on an issue that's outside the mayor's purview.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

That's Mayor Mike on the very far left of the picture, right?  I can't tell.

JSP
JSP

If I'm not mistake Mayor Mike is the cop...AND he's enjoying himself a cigar.

Bob
Bob

 See also his beltline for the red Solo Cup - enjoying a cocktail, too. I like Mike more and more.

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