The Dallas City Council Easily Passed its Long-Delayed LGBT-Equality Resolution

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The Dallas City Council never got around to passing the marriage equality resolution Scott Griggs introduced last year. But that's OK.

In many ways the resolution passed by today goes further. It doesn't mention marriage, but it does formally place the council in "full favor of equal rights" for Dallas' LGBT employees, citizens and visitors, and instructs the city to lobby for those rights in Austin.

It also offers something a bit more concrete, promising to extend equal health-care and pension benefits to the families of the city's LGBT employees.

Equality Texas Chair Sam Tornabene gave a sense of why the move's important. He moved here from Washington, D.C., a couple of years ago after his husband took an executive-level job in Dallas. They wouldn't have come had the company not offered the same benefits to Tornabene as they would to an opposite-sex spouse.

They also wouldn't have come if they'd listened to friends in D.C. who viewed Texas as a homophobic wasteland that should be avoided.

Today's resolution helps address both issues. By promising equal benefits, it'll help the city attract talented LGBT employees. By moving toward equality, however incrementally, it'll help Dallas shed its image as an unwelcoming place.

Most of of the council understood that, even if Sheffie Kadane is still of the opinion that LGBT rights should apply to all citizens.

"This issue has been hanging around this body for, frankly, too long," said Philip Kingston.

Now, it's not.

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ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I have several questions and I am asking these questions because I do not understand.

These questions are:

1) What exactly does this resolution accomplish?

2) What are the impediments to the City offering medical benefits to the partners of the LGBT employees?

3) What percentage of the US population is LGBT?

4) If Texas is such a "homophobic wasteland", then why are Austin, Dallas and Houston ranked in the top ten areas of LGBT population by metropolitan area, consolidated metropolitan statistical area, and city, respectively?

Thank you.


I always think that in 2050 The Dallas Observer and their Managing Editor, Jimmy Jay Schutze II, they will look back at the TOP 25 homophobic cities in America around the first part of the century. 

It makes me feel good to read little stories like this because I think it might move Dallas down just about a notch and a half. 

Sadly Robert "Sissypants" Jeffress will spew some hate venom on this within the next few days or whenever he wants to schedule his next Fox PR moment.  In the interim, let us enjoy at this amazing feat of common sense. 

And of course this created an opportunity for Vonciel Hill to get a tad bit of exercise and remind us that she is NOT the lipstick lesbian that many of us think she might be.  


About friggin' time... 


Sheffie is like that racist grandpa in every family that people tolerate while they wait for him to go take a nap.


DFW - an unwelcoming place that welcomes 1,000 new inhabitants every week.



Those questions are "unwelcome" because the image needs to be different from the reality in order to polarize the young gullible hipsters away from right center politically. It is the modus operandus of this operation. The smart ones will catch on soon enough when more and more of what they produce every day gets taken away from them in order to pander to the entitled class of voters.


@lakewoodhobo  He isn't the only one on the council that fits that description...


I'll indulge you...

1&2) View this resolution as the opposite of the bill vetoed in Arizona and passed in other parts of the country. There are no federal/state laws that expressly forbid this type of discrimination from happening. By passing the resolution, the city institutionalized their stance and made it impossible for someone who has or would want to deny these benefits.

3) What does it matter? Are we not supposed to be the country of "equality for all?" We should be doing whatever is necessary to get closer to that goal.

4) You know as well as I do that at this point cities are the ideological outliers in the state. That won't change until our voter participation rate is consistently higher.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter


Thanks for responding ...

1&2)  This was a resolution, not an ordinance.  It has no force of law.  I don't see a response to #2.

3)  Curious.  True, all people are supposed to be treated equally.

4)  Texas is an urban state and has been for many, many years.  The Houston, DFW and Austin areas account for about 40 to 45% of the state's population.  I would  hardly call that an outlier.

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