Dallas Divided Over Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Resolution

Dallas Credit FCN80DALLAS — City council members in Dallas, Texas deliberated this week whether or not to vote on a resolution calling for same-sex ‘marriage’ to be legalized in Texas.

The matter was discussed on Monday before the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee. Mayor Mike Rawlings has classified the ongoing discussion as a “misuse” of the council’s time, although he has stated that he is “an unequivocal supporter of marriage equality.” Rawlings has participated in several pride parades in recent years, with the exception of this year’s event.

According to reports, Assistant City Manager Therese O’Donnell and Assistant City Attorney John Rogers spoke of the impact of the recent Supreme Court ruling surrounding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). O’Donnell stated that she believes the city needs to have an “open dialogue” about the matter due to the “really rapidly changing environment.”

Councilman Philip Kingston said that he didn’t want the city of Dallas to be behind while other cities across the nation are moving in the direction of accepting and facilitating those that identify as homosexual. He told his colleagues that there are over 15,000 homosexual and transgender residents in his district alone, and worried that they would go elsewhere—such as Austin or San Antonio—if they felt unwelcome in Dallas.

“We will be shooting ourselves in the foot if we are not the most open and inclusive city we can be,” Kingston asserted, according to CBS 11 News. “My personal perspective is it’s morally the right thing to do.”

Councilman Sheffie Kadane said that the matter is indeed a moral issue, but reached the opposite conclusion of Kingston and opposed the resolution. He felt the issue should be left alone since the city has nothing to do with the state constitution.

“I still believe it’s a moral issue,” said Kadane. “It’s a biblical issue. It’s a religious issue. With my religion it’s an issue. … I don’t know where we’re going with this.”

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“Are we looking for a way around state law?” he asked. “It is totally a moral issue, and I don’t know why we keep fooling with this unless unless you’re looking at some reason for some way to try to change state law.”

The city has been mulling the matter since this spring and is still unable to come to a conclusion as to whether to vote on the resolution or shelve the matter. A resolution is simply a statement that announces a joint position on a matter, as opposed to a law that holds legal weight.

As previously reported, four homosexuals filed suit last week in an attempt to overturn Texas’ same-sex “marriage” ban. The state’s current marriage amendment was passed in 2005 with 75 percent of Texans approving of the measure.

“In Texas, Plaintiffs cannot legally marry their partner before family, friends, and society–a right enjoyed by citizens who wish to marry a person of the opposite sex. And should they become married in a state that has established marriage equality, Texas explicitly voids their marriage,” the legal challenge outlines. “There is no rational basis, much less a compelling government purpose, for Texas to deny plaintiffs the same right to marry enjoyed by the majority of society.”

It asserts that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution, namely the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

But Jonathan Senz, the president of Texas Values, said that he believes the suit would not hold up in court.

“This is a frivolous lawsuit,” he wrote in a statement released on Tuesday. “The only way that homosexual advocates win this case is if federal judges abuse their power, legislate from the bench and violate nearly every principle of law and policy in our state and country.”

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  • Mary Waterton

    This is what happens when Christians don’t pay attention to city council elections and/or don’t bother to vote.

  • John W

    The big differance Gregory…I used be a open out the closet homosexual for 15 years… I lived it so… Your screams of defaming a minority is … Just I don’t know…. It’s NOISE. Distraction from the facts.. You make the homosexual lifestyle sound so glamorous..
    Why don’t I hear you talking about the amount disease among the homosexual community. The rampant STD’s, HIV, the anal cancers and for obvious reasons throat cancers, the nearly triple levels of hepitatis.
    Or why don’t you scream about why the minority group… Of disadvantage oppressed people when polled by “On top magazine” out of San Francisco. A leading Gay publication in nation. That 64% of the gay men polled admitted to having sex with a child under the age of 14. They actually condone illegal behavior under umbrella orginization of NAMBLA. Sure you have heard of them.
    Or why don’t you talk about the use of alcohol and drug abuse is among homosexuals. That it is nearly triple the national average.
    Or I don’t know, let’s talk about the suicide rate among GAYS. No matter what you call yourself it turns… NOPE you’re still not happy.
    Bottom line is this… This is not because you are an oppressed, minority… It’s because you have chosen with your own free-will to live a life committed to the purpose of selfishness, lust and rebellion against God. All these “problems” are consequences of sin and your rebellion. You can never get away from a single fact. It’s called CAUSE AND EFFECT Homosexuality is the cause… Sickness, death and pain, is the effect.
    7-years ago I turned away from the hell of the homosexual life and turned to God and because I did He immediately set me free from the drapravity, the bondage of substance abuse and even my sickness and disease. I was a new creature in Christ. Now I am married with two fantastic sons. (Something my homosexual partner could never do for me). Now I minister to other homosexuals showing them the way out.
    So, go ahead beat your chest, scream and jump up and down about the oppressed people of the world. The facts are homosexuality is just wrong. No matter how loud you scream… Can’t make it right.

    • James J. Grimes

      Nice job, John. Thank you for sharing and explaining.

      • John W

        Thanks James God bless

  • Sir Tainly

    When so many people list the many faults they see within the homosexual community I almost always have seen faults among heterosexuals, well except for the actual homosexual activity.

    Is that why Paul immediately towards the beginning of Romans and well….oftentimes….bring up that we should not judge when we are doing the same things….well, except for the actual homosexual activity.

  • Shawn

    I am rather curious if the people who have commented on this story with quotes from the bible actually researched what those versus literally say in the original languages. The most literal translation of Leviticus 18:22 is: A man will not lie with a male [in the] laying places of women, it is ritually unclean.

    The part in brackets is implied but actually in the Hebrew. So, what is the sin? homosexual sex in general? Only homosexual sex in a woman’s bed? Does it still apply after the new covenant with Jesus since ritually unclean could mean it is part of the priestly code rather than the moral code? I think before anyone judges people based on bible verses they need to have a better understanding of what those verses really say rather than rely on someone else’s (possibly biased)translation or interpretation.

    • John W

      Don’t need to be a bible scholar to right and wrong. Five year can figure that one out. Bible doesn’t mention about meth addicts either… But it’s also wrong. More than the individual verses that people put out specifically for homosexuality, the bible is more a road map to be from sin. The fall and redemption of man. The life of holiness, sanctification and righteousness before God. When it is looked at in that light the entire Bible is included.