Even Without Marriage Equality on the Agenda, Dallas City Council Argues About Gay Rights

You’ll recall that City Councilman Scott Griggs had gathered signatures to get a resolution in support of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples on the council’s agenda. It looked like it was headed for consideration at City Hall. Then, after the May election, defeated City Councilwoman Delia Jasso pulled her support for the measure. So it’s not an today’s agenda.

But after speakers chided them for not addressing the issue, council members ended up having a bit of a debate about gay marriage anyway. From DMN:

And a fight it may be: Sheffie Kadane made it quite clear he’s opposed to the resolution, insisting that it be put to a citywide vote since, after all, many of his 85,000 constituents may not support gay marriage. Count him among their lot.

“It’s a moral issue,” he said. “It’s not an issue for us to be voting on. I don’t know why these folks who are for this, why haven’t you sent a letter down to Austin. I have 85,000 people in my district, and I’m not going to say my 85,000 people are for gay marriage. … I believe in the infallible word of the Bible, and the Bible states marriage is between a man and a woman, and that’s my belief.”

But Hunt, in her final council meeting, said this is about much more than how someone chooses to interpret the Bible.

“This is a simple issue: You either support civil rights, or you don’t. Being an LGBT ally means more than riding in a parade. It means being there for the LGBT community when they need you, not just when you need them.”

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