Archive for January, 2012

LGBT lights up City Hall

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Member of GetEQUAL TX and LGBT activist C.D. Kirven calls upon Mayor Mike Rawlings to sign the “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry Pledge” during Friday evening’s protest held in front of Dallas City Hall. Facing the Dallas skyline, members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community stood outside City Hall  Read More »

Rawlings says he won’t rule out signing marriage pledge after meeting with LGBT leaders

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Dallsa Mayor Mike Rawlings greets gay couple Jack Evans, left, and George Harris, who’ve been together more than 50 years, before Saturday’s meeting at Resource Center Dallas. (John Wright/Dallas Voice) After meeting privately for nearly two hours with about 25 people from the LGBT community, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings on Saturday afternoon refused to rule  Read More »

Protesters Push Dallas Mayor To Sign Gay Marriage Pledge

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Mike Rawlings Set to Meet with LGBT Groups Saturday Supporters of marriage equality took over the grounds outside Dallas City Hall Friday tonight. They’ve been urging Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to get onboard with a national pledge. “We really feel that the mayor needs to speak out on this issue, needs to take a stand.  Read More »

Protesters Ask Rawlings to Sign Pledge Supporting Gay Marriage

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Mayor says he has decided not to focus on issues that are “partisan and social in nature” A group of demonstrators gathered outside Dallas City Hall on Friday night to protest the mayor’s refusal to sign a pledge supporting same-sex marriage. Mayor Mike Rawlings’ office said he supports gay equality and would further discuss his reasons  Read More »

LGBT protesters gather outside Dallas City Hall to call on Mayor Rawlings to sign marriage pledge

Friday, January 27th, 2012

LGBT protesters gather outside Dallas City Hall on Friday night. (John Wright/Dallas Voice) They began by chanting, “Sign the pledge, it’s not too late, how long do we have to wait?” An hour later, they ended by singing, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” About 100 LGBT protesters gathered  Read More »

Rawlings to meet with LGBT leaders

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

STRAINED RELATIONS | Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, shown during an interview with Dallas Voice last year, is under fire from the LGBT community for not only failing to sign a pledge in support of same-sex marriage — but also for his handling of the controversy. (Brent Paxton/Dallas Voice) JOHN WRIGHT  |  Senior Editor Activists  Read More »

Dallas Mayor Refuses to Sign Marriage Equality Pledge

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

PRESS ADVISORY: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Daniel Cates,, (512) 674-5126 MAYOR MIKE RAWLINGS REFUSES TO SIGN FREEDOM TO MARRY PLEDGE LGBT Activists Pressure Mayor for Support DALLAS, TX — Mayor Mike Rawlings has refused to sign the “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” pledge, which has been signed by over 100 mayors from cities  Read More »

White House Twitter session: no news

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

There was no breaking news on Thursday morning’s “White House Chat” with the LGBT community, but the questions posed were probably a good barometer of what many in the community believe President Obama should be doing in 2012. The White House’s openly gay Associate Director of Public Engagement Gautam Raghavan and Senior Policy Advisor Miriam  Read More »

Dallas mayor says he’ll meet group over gay marriage pledge refusal

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

DALLAS – The growing controversy between Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and gay and lesbian groups in the city will spill on to City Hall Plaza Friday night. The gay groups say they’re organizing a 7:00 p.m. protest of Rawlings’ refusal to sign a pledge to fight for gay marriage. And Rawlings says although he’ll meet  Read More »

Dallas mayor no-shows at community meeting

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

by JONATHAN BETZ DALLAS – Fearing protests over his position on gay marriage, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings decided to keep his word and not show up at a community meeting billed as a chance “to meet the mayor.” Some at the meeting had not gotten the message the mayor decided against attending. Tony Nuncio, president  Read More »