Freedom To Marry: Equal Rights Start Locally


By: Sharon Aron Baron

If you are on Facebook, you can’t help but notice supporters of marriage equality are wearing red today or have changed their profile to the red letter E. The City of Tamarac has many residents that are in same-sex relationships, yet do not enjoy the same legal rights as their neighbors.

The Supreme Court today is hearing oral arguments on Proposition 8, which bans marriage in California, and will hear in the next two days the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law — no longer supported by President Obama’s administration, that denies equal treatment for gay couples who work for the government.

You may not be able to help the cause in California, however, you can help fight for equal treatment here at home.  The nationwide “Mayors for Freedom to Marry,”a bipartisan coalition of Mayors who pledge to support marriage for gay and lesbian couples, already has several South Florida Mayors that have signed up to show their support. Recently, Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs signed the pledge.

Municipal Mayors include: Former Mayor Marilyn Gerber of Coconut Creek,  Former Mayor Debbie Eisinger of Cooper City,  Judy Paul of Davie,  Joy Cooper of Hallandale,  Peter Bober of Hollywood, Former Mayor of Pam Donovan of Margate, Lorie Moseley of Miramar,  Frank Ortis of Pembroke Pines,  Former Mayor Anne Sallee of Oakland Park,  Michael Udine of Parkland,  Ashira Mohammed of Pembroke Park,  Mike Ryan of Sunrise and  Gary Resnick of Wilton Manors.

Allowing loving and committed couples to join in marriage has benefits not just for couples and their families—but also for society. Marriage encourages people to take responsibility for each other, provides greater security for children, and helps our country live up to its promises set forth in our founding documents. These are important values for a strong society, and we should encourage them.” San Diego’s Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders – Chair of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry

On February 27th, I asked Mayor Talabisco to sign the “Mayors for the Freedom” to Marry campaign.  I am still hoping that she will take the time to learn more and join the other mayors and support the campaign.

For more information, please visit Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident’s a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That’s why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.


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  • If I remember correctly your Mayor threw it to the city attorney and said it had to go before the whole commission for a vote because of something in your charter. At your next commission meeting ask her politely if she is going to put it on the agenda for a vote or not, if she does not want to commit to that then ask publicly for one of the other commissioners to put it on.
    Le Peerman
    oh btw that would be Vice Mayor Peerman(haha).

    • Vice Mayor Peerman,

      I’m sorry to say the Mayor and Commissioners will not be signing the Freedom to Marry pledge. I don’t even think they looked at it. Although they are not biased people, and that isn’t in question, Vice Mayor Dressler feels it is a partisan issue.

      I see it differently. It is an equality issue for all of our gay,lesbian and straight neighbors who want our local officials to stand with them on equal rights for all.

      A few years from now, maybe another generation later, they won’t think twice in signing something so undeniably right. But for now, let’s just say, Tamarac will not join the coalition……a bipartisan coalition at that.

    • MGinFL

      Vice Mayor Peerman maybe you can help convince our Vice Mayor that he made a terrible mistake this week in Tamarac. I’m not sure what city you are in but it sounds like your city is one that signed. Help our city get into the 21st Century here. What a shame.

  • Michael

    I am truly disappointed in Harry Dressler and Mayor Talabisco, and hope they will see the rainbow light. This is an issue about equality. Look at Canada, The United Kingdom, and many other countries where this is not even an issue, they must say what a backward and prejudice country we are and they would be right. Did you know Beth and Harry that jews were not allowed to be members in private establishments and country clubs not that long ago. Ethnic groups and non WASPS were not accepted either. Also there was a time when inter-racial marriage was not allowed either, how would have liked to be the ones that voted to keep things that way or just turned a blind eye to it all, when you could have been involved in changing it for the better. Well one day you both will be ashamed of your decisions to not back this civil rights and equality issue, you have to live with it and explain your reasons. I hope you both change your minds amd make us proud of Tamarac, because lately there is very little for us Tamarac residents to be proud of…