Sign the Freedom To Marry Pledge Supporting Same-Gender Marriage
  • Petitioned Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

Sign the Freedom To Marry Pledge Supporting Same-Gender Marriage

    1. Daniel Cates
    2. Petition by

      Daniel Cates

      Dallas, TX

Dallas’ Mike Rawlings won’t join more than 100 mayors from across the country who’ve signed a pledge in support of same-sex marriage during this week’s U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C.

“The mayor does not plan to publicly support any social issues but would rather focus on the policy issues that impact Dallas,” Rawlings’ chief of staff, Paula Blackmon, said in an email to Dallas Voice today. “Also know we have not signed onto other similar requests.”

Mayors who’ve signed the pledge sponsored by the group Freedom to Marry include Michael Bloomberg of New York, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Annise Parker of Houston, Jerry Sanders of San Diego, Thomas Menino of Boston and Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles.

During his campaign last year, Rawlings said he voted against Proposition 2, Texas’ 2005 constitutional amendment that banned both same-sex marriage and civil unions. When asked directly whether he supports marriage equality, Rawlings said: “I think it’s one of the most irrelevant issues for the world. I think we should get beyond it and let people do what they want to do. Some of my best friends have been married, and I’m pleased that they have been, and so I’m really happy for them. I’ve supported their marriage, but its’ not the mayor’s job to say, ‘We need to do this.’”
Join us in sending a message to Mayor, Mike Rawlings that equality for all people is "a policy issue that affects Dallas"

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Valentines Actions Continue to Apply Pressure on Dallas Mayor!

      Daniel Cates
      Petition Organizer

      With your help we were able to collect more than 400 hand-written Valentines Day cards for Mayor Mike Rawlings which were hand delivered by representatives from GetEQUAL TX on Valentines morning! Thank you all so much for your continued vigilance in sending a message to our elected leaders that words are simply NOT enough!

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. Taking this campaign to the next level

      Daniel Cates
      Petition Organizer

      We are mounting a "Valentines for the Mayor" campaign to get as many hand-written Valentine's notes to the mayor as possible, for personal delivery on Valentine's Day. We don't need anything complicated (though sparkles and glitter are always welcome!) -- just a note telling Mayor Rawlings why it's important to you that he stand up for LGBT families in Dallas.

      This is a really important step in the campaign, since we know that these hand-written notes are having an impact on the mayor's decision-making process. The campaign has already moved beyond Dallas, and folks in other cities -- from Las Vegas, NV, to Columbus, OH -- are replicating the tactics that we have been using!

      If you'd like to send a Valentine to Mayor Mike Rawlings, please send your note ASAP to the address below -- they need to arrive in Dallas by Feb 11:

      Resource Center
      c/o GetEQUAL
      P.O. Box 190869
      Dallas, TX 75219

      Thank you so much for your support !

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. Mike Responds

      Daniel Cates
      Petition Organizer

      Feathers are being ruffled over at city hall.. please take a moment to comment on his facebook and tell the mayor that until he signs the pledge, these are nothing but words.
      From the Mayor's facebook:
      "Upon taking office, I made a conscious decision to focus on issues that create a healthy, viable city and not on those that are partisan and social in nature. I was asked to pledge my support to "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" in an effort to pressure state and federal entities to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. I decided not to sign onto that letter because that is inconsistent with my view of the duties of the office of the mayor.

      To be a world class city, we must be inclusive towards all citizens, including the LGBT community. Personally, I support the LGBT movement and its efforts for equal rights that they deserve.


    7. Austin Mayor Signs Pledge!

      Daniel Cates
      Petition Organizer

      Austin - Mayor Lee Leffingwell has now signed the Freedom to Marry Pledge supporting Same-Gender Marriage! Come on Mike Rawlings!

    8. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Adair Garrett ATLANTA, GA
      • 7 months ago

      Every person has to fight for this right until every person has it.

    • Helene Zaffiro MILWAUKEE, WI
      • 8 months ago


    • Laurel Eaton HOUSTON, TX
      • 8 months ago

      WHAT? it's not your job? then who's is it? Has he ever watched A-list Dallas on Logo? Just sign it!!

      • 9 months ago

      Growing up in Dallas, I know first - hand how the bigotry of homophobia can permanently affect the lives of those subjected to its many forms of abuse. By simply pledging to support same-sex marriage (which IS a policy issue, despite what your Chief of Staff claims), you would send a very powerful message of support to the thousands of your constituents who simply want their committed life-partner relationships recognized. As Mayor of one of Texas' largest cities - indeed one of the largest cities in the nation - your simple message of support, just like your vote against Prop 2, would also provide hope and validation to millions of people, both those who want to marry their same-sex partner and the overwhelming majority of those heterosexual allies who support their friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers in their fight for marriage equality.

      I was very fortunate when, at age 16, my father - an executive with a Fortune 50 company - transferred to the company headquarters in Los Angeles. Even then, 30 years ago this month, I found a more tolerant, more accepting atmosphere.

      Won't you please join Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles and so many other Mayors in once again voicing your support for marriage equality?

      It would be a dream to visit or even move back to (along with my business and my Partner of 16 years) to the city where I grew up and all the wonderful opportunities and experiences Dallas has to offer.

    • Calista Fyfe DALLAS, TX
      • 9 months ago

      I am gay myself


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