Miami Shores Council Rejects Gay Marriage Equality Resolution

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The sleepy village of Miami Shores has long been seen as a suburban haven for LGBT people, and is a reliable liberal bastion in elections. But this past Tuesday, the village council voted 3 to 2 to reject a resolution supporting marriage equality in Florida. The vote came on the heels of a contentious and bizarre session of public comments that showcased the passions on both sides of the debate.

The council's action harkens back to a different time in Miami-Dade's history when Anita Bryant led a repeal effort of a gay rights ordinance in 1977. On Thursday, a judge in the Florida Keys declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. And mayors from Orlando, Key West, St. Petersburg, Lake Worth, and Miami Beach have all announced their support for the civil rights issue.

The largely symbolic resolution was proposed by Vice Mayor Jesse Walters, who is openly gay. The text of the proposal read," A resolution of the Miami Shores Village Council supporting marriage equality, urging enactment of a law that would provide for marriage equality in the state of Florida, and providing for an effective date."

Mayor Herta Holly, and Councilmen Jim McCoy and Hunt Davis voted against the resolution, while Vice Mayor Walters and Councilwoman Ivonne Ledesma voted for it.

The proposal prompted larger than usual public attention to be placed on the council, and a few dozen people attended the Tuesday meeting.

After welcoming the assembled crowd to the meeting, Holly allowed time for public comment. And boy, did the public have something to say.

Here are some of the best lines from the video, which you can watch in full here.

Shores resident Elizabeth Little opposed the resolution. She said that she didn't think the council should be involved in the issue and supported the 2008 statewide vote that supported "traditional marriage" between one man and woman.

After Little sat down, a small older woman stepped up to the podium and proceeded to almost give her wrong address (she gave her "North Carolina address"). Then she went into conservative talking points.

"I believe that we should have man and woman as man and wife," She said. "It's the way I was brought up and raised and I guess I'll live till I die the same way."


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70 comments
Anthony Lambert
Anthony Lambert

Bravo for Miami Shores,always liked that section of Miami,especially now that they struck down that gay marriage crap,bravo !.

DjCarlos Rojas
DjCarlos Rojas

Someone got just crazy.. Whoever she is ? Apparently a chef and a bully lol

Marion Blohm
Marion Blohm

People who are haters need to go away and let everyone live their own lives in peace

Marion Blohm
Marion Blohm

Seriously wtf they need to allow people to be happy and marry who they warnt

mikolindo1
mikolindo1

The Miami Shores Council should have shown some leadership on this issue. Their vote should have reflected the very gay community they represent. Instead they were intimidated by traditional foes of gay rights such as Nathaniel Wilcox and Anthony Verdugo. The residents of Miami Shores should demand that this issue be brought up again.


Mar To
Mar To

If me and my husband were Miami shores tax payers (yes we are gay) We'll be listing our beautiful and expensive house today. How this guys turn their back to one of the biggest gays communities in Florida!! Shame on you!! Miami shores Gay community is paying for probably 50% of your salary show some respect!!

Mar To
Mar To

In every country where the gay marriege is accepted now, there was opposition by part of the population. I'm not worried cause we have this guy's. In less than a year it's gonna be nation wide!! Be patient nothing gets done overnight.

Christian Wells
Christian Wells

Nothing like a discussion about homosexuality to bring out the crazies!!!

Christian Wells
Christian Wells

^^^ You just insulted someone's sexual orientation and then finished up by calling everyone "imbeciles." No, not hateful at all.

إليزابيث بيلون
إليزابيث بيلون

Allen, go do what you do best, take dong. Btw, I do not support gay marriage, that does not signify hatred imbeciles.

إليزابيث بيلون
إليزابيث بيلون

They angry queens and bulls in here think they can bully people into their toxic beliefs regarding marriage. All humans are simply human, I do not judge. However, I will not support a union of a dark and twisted origin. To each his or her own free mind.

Augusto Terra Leite
Augusto Terra Leite

This is so Miami! Only the ridiculous is allowed here! This is a free country! Wake up!

Carlos Rosario
Carlos Rosario

Please don't feed me all that crap, keep it to yourself.....

Aileen Luck
Aileen Luck

Well said Zuly Biton. Love love love if only the world had an overflow of love. May GOD bless all n hope it never hits home .

Valentina Gabriela Fernandez
Valentina Gabriela Fernandez

Allen and Zuly! Very wonderful responses and thank you for putting that Ignorant pink girl in her place.

Kurt A Zauke
Kurt A Zauke

It's pointless to go against marriage equality because all of the US will be required to allow it...stop being closed minded bigots

Zuly Biton
Zuly Biton

Elizabeth Bellon, if you support what is natural and pure, then support love. Love comes in many forms. This hate and discrimination you're speaking here is not pure, my sweet. To the rest of you against equality, I will not, as many others here have, call you names or try to shame you. All I will say is that I hope you can find love and grace in your hearts for your fellow humans. We are all one. This is very definitely happening, I send you peace that you may find the better angels of your nature and nurture them. You don't have to agree but you need not hate.

Collin Worth
Collin Worth

Same commission that voted against a couple who put a garden in their front yard.

Allen Bright
Allen Bright

Ray by the way pedophila is the liking of a child. Gay is the attraction to the same gender. Get it right before you spew your ignorance.

Allen Bright
Allen Bright

Ray Granson! Your an idiot! Your conspiracy theory is just stupid. What is the cause of your ignorance the government allowing you to breath air!

Allen Bright
Allen Bright

Hey pinky( first of all write your name in English) no one is asking you to accept anything. It is gays right to get married. Just like it is for you to come to this country, have freedom of speech and dress to some as a whore. I bet if you were in your native country you would be beat or worse for speaking in public or dressing the way you do. People like you make me want to close the borders!!

Daniel Paul
Daniel Paul

I'm confused. Somebody please enlighten me. Why are communities voting on this? I thought the state said it's ok

Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

I don't judge anyone for their personal preference. But I don't understand why it's so important to flaunt it in front of everyone? I also resent the gay community trying to compare their agenda with civil rights. That's an insult to the African American community. And anyone else whose ever been discriminated on the basis of race/ethnicity. Especially because the gay community itself is segregated and has racism within it.

Leilani Mariel Pérez-Torres
Leilani Mariel Pérez-Torres

Ray, you are some character! there is this crazy little thing called "statistics" that put heterosexuals in the forefront as pedophiles which by the way, in no way or form is the same as "Gay"...

Ray Grandon
Ray Grandon

Pedophilia[gay] is a brain disorder caused by mercury exposure says U of Florida so cure it to prevent child abuse as I blame the corrupt greedy governments for allowing way to much pollution and putting profits before people's health!!!

Barbara Guttman
Barbara Guttman

It isn't for any of us to judge when it comes to the freedom and pursuit of happiness........ To all of the people who have to be negative and judge others that are in love .... It doesn't affect your lives so just go crawl back into your close-minded , backward, ignorant caves. The rest of us will enjoy the diversity of life on planet earth.

إليزابيث بيلون
إليزابيث بيلون

You cannot force people to accept gay marriage. A union of sodomy and sin. No fruit to bare, can't even have the blessing of children. I only support what is natural and pure.

GusinFLA
GusinFLA

Actually, I have it on good authority that the council of Miami Shores is now proposing to pass a proclamation (different format from the recent vote) in support of  marriage for all.  And, Anthony, it's "marriage" not "gay" marriage.

mikolindo1
mikolindo1

I was going to comment on this but then I checked your Facebook page LOL! Poor child. 

GusinFLA
GusinFLA

I think you're trying to say "loud mouthed and bigoted".  Perhaps a more appropriate statement for you to think about might be, "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."

GusinFLA
GusinFLA

You are American! Great to know! Just with some very un-American values.  But each to his own!

GusinFLA
GusinFLA

So love is 'dark and twisted' in your world?  How very sad for you.


GusinFLA
GusinFLA

So you're saying that there are varying degrees of discrimination?  When someone shouts  "Die faggot!" at me, I shouldn't be concerned?  Or when Matthew Shepard was crucified on a fence in Wyoming for being gay, that that type of discrimination is something with which society need not concern itself or the fact that the state of Florida for years and years would not allow me to adopt a child although a child dies at the hand of a straight person every day is not discrimination?  DO you wear a wedding ring? Is that not flaunting a status in front of everyone?  That is all we would like the right to do.


mikolindo1
mikolindo1

If gays are not to have the same legal rights then they shouldn't have to pay taxes that support the school system and food stamp program etc....    

GusinFLA
GusinFLA

My 74 year old mother remarried her 79 year old (male) partner in May of this year - There will certainly be 'no fruit to bear' (and by the way, it's 'bear', not 'bare') - by your logic, such a union between two people who have actually loved each other for 40 years but been trapped in other, unhappy, relationships, is not natural or pure.  I don't understand.

Fullerene
Fullerene

Right, like you cannot force people to accept civil rights for blacks, or interracial marriage. In fact, no one is forcing you into gay marriage. The problem is that YOU are trying to force your intolerant ideology on others. You do no have the right to do that. YOU do not own the institution of marriage.

The irony here is that you, a self-claimed moral paragon, has a Facebook page full of pictures you took of yourself that belong in a skin magazine. You're a cheap little hypocrite, Elizabeth.

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