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Miami Shores reverses course, passes resolution in favor of gay marriage

2014-09-08 Miami Shores Council meeting 009

BY KATIE LEPRI AND STEVE ROTHAUS
KLEPRI@MIAMIHERALD.COM

The Miami Shores Village Council reversed itself Monday night, voting 4-1 to support a non-binding resolution in favor of gay marriage.

“I am very happy to move the resolution in front of you,” said Mayor Herta Holly who voted against an earlier version, which lost 3-2 on July 15.

2014-09-08 Miami Shores Council meeting 041Holly and Councilman Hunt Davis changed their votes after a large segment of Miami Shores’ LGBT community expressed anger toward the council’s decision not to take a stand for gay marriage after the previous vote.

Holly said Monday that she supports gay marriage, but was advised by some residents that the Village Council shouldn't get involved in the debate.

Councilman Jim McCoy remained the sole voice against the resolution.

McCoy said gay marriage along with capital punishment, abortion rights and other politically sensitive issues should not be debated by the village council.

The original resolution was supported by Councilwoman Ivonne Ledesma and Vice Mayor Jesse Walters.

“There’s been a sea change of opinion,” Walters said Monday night of gay marriage. “Please don’t allow the people to think it’s 50-50.”

Walters called the council’s reversal “democracy in action.”

“I’ve never seen a crowd fill this room, fill this lobby,” he said. “I am proud again to live here. I can see there’s real hope for us. The majority of people who live in our town are not bigots.”

Click here to view more pictures. Photos by Steve Rothaus / Miami Herald Staff.

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