In an historic announcement from the White House, President Obama today announced his support for same-sex marriage.
It’s an issue of critical importance to many local officials, including Rancho Mirage Mayor Scott Hines.
This week, Hines signed the “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry” pledge, a national effort is designed to generate broad support for same-sex marriage.
Palm Springs’ Steve Pougnet is the only other desert mayor to sign on, according to the effort’s website.
Palm Springs council last year also passed a resolution to formally support marriage equality.
However, we’re not expecting Rancho Mirage to follow suit because Hines said the city doesn’t usually weigh in on state and national issues unless “it directly impacts our jurisdictional authority.”
“I signed the Mayor’s Pledge for the Freedom to Marry because I feel strongly as a community leader to lend my voice to an injustice I personally feel strongly about,” Hines, a gay man, told The Desert Sun.
“I did this as an individual, and though I know at least several on the council agree with me on this issue, it is up to them as individuals to determine how they wish to be involved on this matter.”
Rancho Mirage Councilman Scott Hines will make his artistic debut April 28.
Hines will present “Titans Among Us” — a series of “vivid photographic montages” that is designed to raise awareness about homelessness in the Coachella Valley.
Hines, who next month will become the city’s mayor, spent a week on the streets in April 2011 as part of a fundraising campaign FIND Food Bank.
He will use the name “Scott Michael” for his artwork, and you can find a preview of it here.
Hines plans to donate 20 percent of the sales to Roy’s Desert Resource Center, a homeless shelter near Palm Springs.
Rancho Mirage Councilman Scott Hines will be sworn in as the city’s next mayor on May 1.
Hines, a Democrat elected to council in April 2010, is next up in the mayoral rotation although he doesn’t have the mayor pro tem title.
The council never used it after Mayor Pro Tem Ron Meepos died in June.
The May 1 swearing-in ceremony starts at 1:30 p.m. at Rancho Mirage city hall, located at the corner of Highway 111 and Frank Sinatra Drive.
The ceremony should take about 30 minutes, according to the announcement Hines made on Facebook.
Hines told The Desert Sun that the ceremony was initially scheduled for May 3 but has been rescheduled for May 1.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, a Rancho Mirage Democrat, is expected to conduct the swearing-in ceremony.