Gulfport – With a 5-0 vote, the City of Gulfport passed a resolution supporting same-sex marriage.
The resolution, drafted by council member Yolanda Roman, says Gulfport supports changing state laws that ban same-sex marriage.
This is another landmark move for the LGBT community in Gulfport. The city already has a human rights ordinance in place and was one of the first cities within Pinellas County to implement a domestic partner registry.
Mayor Sam Henderson showed his full support for marriage equality at a previous City Council meeting in August, but wasn’t sure if a formal letter from the council was needed. The City Council members voted 3-2 allow for a resolution to be drafted.
Roman presented the resolution draft Aug. 19, and it passed Sept. 2 unanimously.
The Gulfport City Council plans to send a copy of the resolution to Governor Rick Scott’s office, plus other state and federal officials.