Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has dismissed a city resolution in support of marital rights for gay and lesbian couples.

Scott Griggs, a member of the Dallas City Council, confirmed to The Dallas Morning News that the item will come up for debate.

Griggs' resolution states that “marriage is a powerful and important affirmation of love and commitment and a source of social support and recognition” and that “all couples in loving and committed relationships should be given the opportunity to create stronger and more successful families through civil marriage.”

“BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF DALLAS, that we support marriage and workplace equality in Dallas and beyond.”

According to Griggs, who represents North Oak Cliff, he has the support to approve the resolution.

“It's timely, and it's relevant,” he told The Dallas Morning News. “The LGBT community is not only a big part of Oak Cliff but a big part of Dallas.”

Rawlings told the paper that while he's “an unequivocal supporter of marriage equality” the Dallas City Council should limit its debate to political questions it has power over.

“I don't want to be talking about late-term abortions, or gun control, or Gitmo,” he said. He called such debates “a misuse of City Council time.”

“To do this for what seems to be political purposes is not good judgment,” he added.