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Citizens Support Salina Mayor

KSAL Staff - May 6, 2013 5:21 pm

In November, Salina residents voted to repeal anti-discrimination protections in the city's codes.

Salina Mayor Barb Shirley joining a national group of mayors who support gay marriage was a topic of discussion at Monday’s city commission meeting.

Ten people spoke out on the topic, nine of them supporting the mayor.

The only person in opposition was John Miller of Salina, who asked Shirley to resign. She did not.

Shirley reaffirmed that she has no tolerance for any type of discrimination, and she wants all people to have the same civil rights. She also reaffirmed that in joining the group she is representing herself, and not the City of Salina.

Last week, Shirley became the first Kansas Mayor to join more than 350 other mayors across the country to join Mayors for Freedom to Marry.

Her membership in the group comes six months after Salina voters repealed protections from discrimination for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered. In November, Salina residents voted to repeal anti-discrimination protections in the city’s codes.

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