Fort Lauderdale Approves Marriage-Equality Resolution


By Lynn De La Cruz

Commissioners vote to urge state officials to take action against the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Fort Lauderdale city commissioners approved a marriage-equality resolution this week that encourages state leaders to take action to legalize same-sex marriage.

“If we’re truly going to be an All-America city, we have to be a city for all Americans,” commissioner Dean Trantalis said in a statement.

The commission won approval with a 3-2 vote with commissioners Trantalis, Bobby DuBose and Bruce Roberts in support of the resolution. Though there were few oppositions, such as mayor Jack Seiler and a couple of speakers, 30 people spoke in support of the resolution. Many LGBT residents want to be able to plan their wedding in their own city, which has become a prime destination for LGBT travelers who want beautiful beaches and exciting nightlife.

Resident and supporter of the resolution, Chad Thilborger, said, “We deserve this dignity. It’s time you actually recognize who we are for and what we stand for.”

A court date regarding marriage equality in Florida is set for July 2 in Miami.