West Hollywood City Council passes resolution supporting Porterville Mayor

west_hollywood_logoThe West Hollywood (California) City Council tonight passed a resolution in support of Porterville California’s Mayor Virginia Gurrola, after the recent fiasco with that city’s Council voting to rescind her June 4 LGBT Pride Month proclamation. (Here’s an article published before the June 4th city council meeting, that includes the text of the proclamation.)

Starting that very night, the other council members began a concerted effort to revoke the proclamation, chastise the Mayor for “overstepping” her authority, and to change the process of issuing city proclamations in the future. ¬†With a long history of anti-LGBT animus from the council, Porterville City Council members Brian Ward, Greg Shelton, and Cameron Hamilton formed a block and rescinded the proclamation, changed procedures for their future issuance, and substituted a resolution of “Good will and charity for all” at the July 16 meeting.

There’s not been a lot of “good will” from the anti-LGBT community in Porterville, but it has resulted in a burst of renewed ¬†activism in the small California city.

West Hollywood has been keenly watching Porterville, and tonight passed a resolution of support for Mayor Gurrola and the LGBT population of Porterville. The full resolution after the jump.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, ENDORSING MAYOR VIRGINIA R. GURROLA’S PROCLAMATION OF JUNE 2013 AS LGBT PRIDE MONTH IN THE CITY OF PORTERVILLE, CALIFORNIA.

WHEREAS, President Obama on May 31, 2013, issued a proclamation declaring the month of June 2013 to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month in the United States of America, thus marking the sixth occasion on which Pride Month has been recognized by the United States; and

WHEREAS, the City of West Hollywood has supported the full quality of persons since its founding in 1984; and

WHEREAS, Virginia R. Gurrola, Mayor of the City of Porterville, Tulare County, California, on June 4, 2013, issued a proclamation declaring June 2013 to be LGBT Pride Month in the City of Porterville; and

WHEREAS, other members of the Porterville City Council declined to sign the proclamation, and voted by three to two, on July 16, 2013, to rescind the proclamation, although the Council’s ability to rescind the proclamation has been disputed; and

WHEREAS, there have been major advances toward full equality for LGBT persons, including rulings by the United States Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage and California’s Proposition 8 ( 2012); and

WHEREAS, the City of West Hollywood believes that, far from being alone, the LGBT community of the Porterville area, and all those who support their full freedom and equality, are, in fact, supported by a growing majority of the American people;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of West Hollywood endorses Mayor Virginia R. Gurrola’ s proclamation of June 2013 as LGBT Pride Month in the City of Porterville, California.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED on this 5th day of August 2013.

Thanks to Porterville Equality and Fairness for All for the initial announcement.

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