Marriage rights advocates ask for resolution

About 70 members of the gay community and their supporters packed the council chambers Tuesday night to ask for a similar resolution denouncing the Defense of Marriage Act and the Texas Constitutional Marriage Amendment that the city of Austin passed late last year.

Austin’s same-sex marriage rights resolution

Advocate Tyler Carlton presented the City Council with a petition requesting the resolution, which asks that same-sex partners receive the same benefits afforded to married, heterosexual partners.

The Dallas Voice, which calls itself the premier media source for the LGBT community, was there Tuesday to document the event, which included many residents lining the hallway as the council left the work session room and moved into the chambers.

Nearly everyone in the audience stood in solidarity as both Carlton and Kat Ralph, of Keep Denton Queer, spoke during the citizen’s reports of the meeting.

Carlton said they had support for the resolution from all the candidates for Denton City Council, including Al Sanchez, Brendan Carroll, Griffen Rice, Joey Hawkins, Phil Kregel and Denton ISD candidate, Prudence Sanchez.

In an interview Wednesday, Carlton said they didn’t ask the incumbents for their support, although he had exchanged emails about the issue with District 2 City Council member Dalton Gregory.

A Dallas City Council member, Scott Griggs, has been working to get a resolution through Dallas, too. His efforts got tied in with the gas drilling controversy in Dallas in an odd way. Read more here and here.

At the end of the council meeting, when council members typically ask for new items for the agenda, no one asked for the resolution to be put on the agenda. However, Gregory asked the city manager to prepare a briefing for the City Council on how Denton manages benefits for same-sex partners.

Some Denton churches are backing the effort, Carlton said. Several Denton churches took out a full page ad in the Denton Record-Chronicle Easter Sunday to affirm inclusiveness.


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