Salem Mayor Has The Perfect Response For Anti-Gay Phone Calls

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll speaks in her office at City Hall in Salem, Mass. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Driscoll is donating $5 to a local LGBT nonprofit for each anti-gay phone call her office receives. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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US: First ever Mississippi mayor states support for equal marriage

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The first ever mayor in the US state of Mississippi has declared his support for same-sex marriage.

Waveland Mayor David Garcia, signed up to Freedom to Marry’s list of mayors in support of same-sex marriage.

“We know many people in loving and committed same-sex relationships who are active participants in improving our communities, and we’ve seen how important marriage has been for them and their families,” Garcia said in a statement.

“Because I believe in fairness for all American families, I support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples willing to take on that commitment.”

The group is an initiative of Freedom to Marry, a national same-sex marriage advocacy group, and has hundreds of mayors signed up. 

A Mississippi law that legalises anti-gay discrimination on the grounds of

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: I’m a spendaphobe, not a homophobe

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has dodged questions about whether he is homophobic, claiming to be a “spendaphobe” instead.

Mayor Rob Ford recently returned from a two-month stint in rehab, following revelations that he had been caught smoking crack cocaine, drink-driving and injecting heroin during his term of office.

In his first week back at work, he has refused to join a standing ovation to praise the organisers of WorldPride Toronto, and voted against a council proposal to help homeless LGBT teens.

Ford was the only person on the entirety of Toronto City Council to vote against the proposal, leading it to pass with 37 in favour, and 1 against.

Asked whether he’s actively homophobic this week, he replied: “I’m a spendaphobe, that’s what I am.

“Let’s talk about how much money I’ve saved the taxpayers and I got subways built. And I contracted out garbage. You don’t want to talk about that, do you?

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, the only openly gay member of the council, said previously: “The mayor is homophobic. He’s consistent.

“He’s done everything he can to demonstrate this is a community he doesn’t care about.

“He has done everything he can to destroy his relationships with the LGBT community.”

The council has voted to transfer some of Ford’s powers to the city’s Deputy Mayor, but he refuses to stand down from his post, and they do not have the authority to force him to do so.

Ford is currently running for re-election, with a ballot set for October 27, 2014.

Recent polling has Ford on 21%, trailing former councillor Olivia Chow, and former Progressive Conservative leader John Tory.

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Italy: Mayor attempting to ban all gay kissing

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A Mayor has launched a proposal to  ban all public gay kissing in his town.

Gianluca Buonanno, an MP and MEP for the right-wing Northern League party, is also the mayor of the town of Borgosesia.

This week he has praised Vladimir Putin for his work cracking down on same-sex couples, and has pledged to do the same.

According to gay rights blog Agere per Formulas he said: “Gay kisses in public? No thanks. From today in my Mayor and MEP offices there will be a photo of Putin.

“I don’t like that two people of the same-sex could exchange public displays of affection.

“It’s a matter of respect. And I am convinced that is morally harmful for children.”

According to his proposals, gay people caught kissing in public could face a fine of

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Canada: Toronto Mayor fresh out of rehab votes against helping homeless LGBT teens

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has voted against a proposal that would provide help for homeless LGBT teens, the only person to do so.

Mayor Rob Ford has recently returned from a two-month stint in rehab, following revelations that he had been caught smoking crack cocaine, drink-driving and injecting heroin during his term of office.

The proposal, which went before Toronto City Council yesterday, would look into allocating 25% of beds in youth shelters to people who identify as LGBTQ2S, in line with homelessness figures.

Ford was the only person on the entirety of Toronto City Council to vote against the proposal, leading it to pass with 37 in favour, and 1 against.

According to the Toronto Star, councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, the only openly gay member of the council: “The mayor is homophobic. He’s consistent.

“He’s done everything he can to demonstrate this is a community he doesn’t care about.

“I think he’s voting with his values, and his values are he doesn’t support the LGBT community.”

At the same meeting  he was the only council member who did not stand to applaud the city staff and volunteers who worked on WorldPride, which was held in Toronto at the end of June.

Ford, who has never attended a Pride parade, in February objected to a rainbow flag being flown outside Toronto’s city hall.

Wong-Tam said: “I think he has just been very consistent from trying to rip down the rainbow flag, from not attending the Pride marches, he has done everything he can to destroy his relationships with the LGBT community.

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