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Dallas mayor says resolution to support marriage equality is a waste of time

Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings said Wednesday that a proposed city council resolution supporting marriage equality is a political distraction and a waste of the council’s time.

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Rawlings emphasized that he is “an unequivocal supporter of marriage equality,” but he said the city council shouldn’t spend its time debating political matters over which it has no authority, reported The Dallas Morning News.

That resolution also calls for a ban on workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation — a policy that the city of Dallas has had in place since 2002.

Councilman Scott Griggs, who authored the resolution, said he believes the measure is “timely, and it’s relevant,” and that he believes it has the eight votes needed to pass.

He added that he was pleased to hear Rawlings supports marriage rights for same-sex couples, and that he said he looks forward to passage of his resolution.

Griggs filed the resolution last Friday, and Rawlings now has until June 12 to place it on the council agenda.

In 2005, Texas voters approved a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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