The City Council Spent Its Morning Talking About Gay Marriage, but Voting on It Would Have Been a Waste of Time

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LGBT advocates at this morning's City Council meeting.
LGBT activists and allies showed up early at City Hall this morning, all wearing red. One by one, they stepped to the microphone and chastised the Dallas City Council for its epic wuss-out on a marriage and workplace equality resolution.

"Leadership requires action, not just words," said Resource Center Dallas' Cece Cox. "To say that one supports LGBT equality ... then to take no action on these issues, that is not leadership. It is passivity. It is nothing."

Next at the microphone was activist CD Kirven, whose given name, we learned, is Chastity. "What seems to be forgotten by the council that civil rights battles have people that are wounded that are invisible to the leadership," she said. "We have children. We have jobs. We have mothers. We have friends." Those sentiments were echoed by several others.

The resolution they were speaking on was, of course, not on this morning's agenda. It was going to be up 'til late May, when Delia Jasso performed her impressively vindictive U-Turn and Mayor Mike Rawlings decided that, even though he's a huge fan of letting gay people marry, discussing it would be a waste of the council's time.

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- City Council Likely to Pass Gay Marriage Resolution, and Mayor Rawlings Isn't Happy
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Supporters still nearly managed to get the resolution on the ballot. The Dallas Voice reported last week that Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano attempted to use her authority as the mayor's stand-in to get the item back on the agenda only to have Rawlings claim, from Brazil, that he's not technically "absent." City Attorney Tom Perkins made a cameo at the microphone today to say that, even though his chair was clearly empty, the mayor was not technically "absent" according to the city charter. (The relevant passage is contained in Chapter III Section 11, which says that the mayor pro tem "shall perform the duties of mayor in the case of the absence or inability of the mayor to perform the duties of office.")

So the council wound up spending a solid hour discussing the resolution, only without the ability to take any concrete action. It was just a little bit ironic, given Rawlings' overwhelming concern with wasted time.

The discussion was mostly unremarkable. Angela Hunt supports the resolution and was amazed at the extraordinary efforts to keep it off the agenda. Carolyn Davis criticized Scott Griggs, saying he never approached her with the proposal. Vonciel Jones Hill was not at the horseshoe but was no doubt seething in righteous indignation somewhere else. In Hill's stead, Jesus took his place at the horseshoe in the person of Sheffie Kadane, who's quoted in The Dallas Morning News.

"I believe in the infallible word of the Bible, and the Bible states marriage is between a man and a woman, and that's my belief.

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Why did you need to learn what CD Kirven's birth name was? She goes by CD. That is her name.

I learned that Eric's given name may or may not have been Eric.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Would someone please tell my why the City of Dallas should pass this resolution and what will be accomplished by the passage of this resolution?

primi_timpano topcommenter

Does the City Atty have the binding authority to interpret the city code with respect to the council. It would seem that the council could disregard the interpretation by acknowledging the Pro Tem as acting Mayor. If the Mayor is not actually absent he can either appear or challenge the council's action in state court, but not a Brazilian state.


Isn't the Mayor's quote that passing a resolution is a waste of time?  His detractors keep substituting in discussing, I assume, to make him seem to be barrier to communication.  I am not his fan though I agree the Council wastes a lot of time making decisions on things that do not result in action.  If they paid more attention to things they do decide actions like trails, parks, roads, police, etc., we'd have a better city.


When did Oklahoma cast off the largest trailer park in America(Dallas)?


So ALL the potholes are filled I presume?  No wonder the city sucks.

Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

To bad the horseshoe rarely gets a ringer.


If only we could have just locked the doors with everyone inside and backed a nice large Mercedes truck up to a window. Instant improvement to our city. 

*this is a joke

holmantx topcommenter

It's be like forcing taxpayers to tell the IRS their political party affiliation.  

Half the voters will be all for persecuting those who  are forced to take a litmus test.  

Don't ask, don't tell and you might get re-elected.  Otherwise, no matter the position you take, the other side will tear you apart.

go ask Komen.


"I believe in the infallible word of the Bible, and the Bible states marriage is between a man and a woman, and that's my belief.--Sheffie Kadane in a council meeting

"You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the LORD. Anyone who works on that day must be put to death."  --God in Exodus 35:2

"Anyone who dishonors father or mother must be put to death. Such a person is guilty of a capital offense."--God in Leviticus 20:9

If the Bible is indeed infallible Sheffie, it's time to thin the herd........


Congrats Sheffie, sweetie. You're going down next election if I have to run against you myself.


Glad they didn't waste any time. THANK YOU MAYOR RAWLINGS! #homophobe


@primi_timpano Robert's Rules has provisions for appealing the parliamentarian's ruling and it likely takes majority vote.  That said, you are expecting council members to go against Mayor while he is basically sitting there.  If they had that kind of moxie or really cared, they would put it on agenda themselves.

Mark Wootton
Mark Wootton

@James080 It shocks me that people in powerful positions still take this sort of stance [Sheffie's stance] when, invariably, a response like yours will come out. It blows my mind. Unfortunately, we're at fault due to our abysmal active voting population.


@Mark Wootton @James080  

For people like Sheffie, the parts of the Bible he agrees with are infallible, the parts he doesn't like.....not so much. 

What continues to surprise and worry me is the total lack of knowledge that most Christians have of the history and contents of the Bible. It's even more worrisome when some elected zealot decides it's acceptable to govern according to the his own particular religious beliefs and prejudices.

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