Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas has refused to sign the “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” pledge, which has been signed by over 100 mayors from cities around the nation, including Texas mayors in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Shavano Park, and Castle Hills. Despite having been supportive in the past of the right for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to marry, Mayor Rawlings now refuses to sign his name to the pledge, calling into question the depth of his support for all Dallas residents.
In response, GetEQUAL TX planned a demonstration to urge Mayor Rawlings to change his position and sign the pledge. The Mayor’s office contacted GetEQUAL TX and asked for a meeting, on the condition that the demonstration be cancelled, but noted that he had no intention of signing the pledge. Daniel Cates, the North Texas District Lead for GetEQUAL TX, refused to cancel the demonstration, but offered to meet the Mayor beforehand regarding the issue. In order to avoid demonstrators, Mayor Rawlings cancelled his scheduled appearances this week.
More info about rally after the jump…
WHEN: Friday, January 27, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla Street, Dallas, TX 75201