I thought we'd run out of different photos of Mike Rawlings to use until I found this one I took of his family praying at his election night watch party. Was it wrong for me not to have my head bowed?

Over on the main page, as seems to be the case more often than not these days, you’ll find my latest story about Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ refusal to sign a pledge in support of same-sex marriage. (At this point I think the only thing I haven’t asked Rawlings is whether the fact that he’s “pledge-phobic” means he’s also scared of the Pledge of Allegiance. But hey, there’s always next week!)

Anyhow, just because I take pleasure in beating some topics until they’re as dead as hammers, I also wanted to share an email with you that Rawlings apparently wanted to share with me today. Rawlings’ chief of staff, whose name you’ll undoubtedly recognize by now as Paula Blackmon, forwarded to me one of the more than 2,000 emails that have been sent to the mayor’s office about this issue in the last two weeks. “Hello John…the mayor wanted me to share this EM with you…call me if you have any questions…thx,” Blackmon wrote. So, without further ado, here goes:

Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 10:57 AM
To: Blackmon, Paula
Subject: Gay Marriage Equality

I was unable to locate the email address for the Mayor, and  I would appreciate your forwarding my message to him.  I am a recently retired primary care physician, who is also gay and in a long term relation.  I thank the mayor for his personal support of marriage equality. However, the office of mayor in Dallas is non-partisan, and I think “hot-button” social issues are best avoided.  Marriage equality in Texas will be achieved through the legislative process, not locally.  I would be very upset if he as mayor were vocally supporting people on the other side of this issue such as Mr. Jeffress of First Baptist, Dallas.  Our country is afflicted by division at all levels, and I think Mayor Rawlings made the right call on this one.  Robert W. Henderson, M.D.