‘Sign the Pledge!’ rally set for Friday at City Hall; mayor to meet with LGBT leaders Saturday

Posted on 24 Jan 2012 at 5:05pm

Mayor Mike Rawlings speaks during an LGBT Pride Month Reception at City Hall last June.

Daniel Cates of GetEQUAL sends along word that a demonstration calling for Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to sign a pledge in support of same-sex marriage, originally scheduled for tonight at Kiest Park, has been moved to Friday night in front of City Hall.

Cates said he rescheduled the “Sign the Pledge!” rally after Rawlings canceled his appearance at a neighborhood meeting in Kiest Park tonight to avoid the LGBT demonstration.

Meanwhile, Rawlings is setting up a meeting with LGBT leaders at Resource Center Dallas on Saturday to discuss his decision not to sign the pledge, according to the mayor’s chief of staff, Paula Blackmon.

Cates said GetEQUAL has agreed not to demonstrate during Saturday’s meeting at the Resource Center and will instead gather outside City Hall at 7 p.m. Friday.

“It’s just additional pressure, and we’re going to keep talking about it until he signs this pledge,” Cates said of the demonstration, adding that he also plans to participate in Saturday’s meeting. “We’re going to keep the pressure coming from all different angles.”

Rawlings has come under fire from some LGBT advocates for refusing to sign the pledge in support of marriage equality that was unveiled by Freedom to Marry last week during the U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting in Washington, D.C. More than 80 mayors from across the country have signed the pledge, and Dallas is the largest city whose mayor hasn’t done so. Rawlings said he supports marriage equality but didn’t sign the pledge because he doesn’t want to get involved in social issues that don’t directly impact the city.

Blackmon said today that details of Saturday’s meeting at the Resource Center were still being finalized. Stay tuned to Instant Tea and Dallas Voice for more.

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