WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - Waveland Mayor David Garcia made Mississippi history Wednesday when he became the first mayor in the state to publicly support same sex marriage.
Garcia's pledge to not discriminate against same sex couples wishing to wed was made to the "National Freedom To Marry" organization. He joins a list of hundreds of other mayors across the country supporting the cause.
Since the announcement was made, the phones at Waveland City Hall haven't stopped ringing.
"Simply, this is the right thing to do. I'm just not for any type of discrimination whatsoever. I'm totally against all discrimination," said Mayor Garcia.
Garcia is now one of 450 mayors across the nation publicly supporting same sex marriage, including New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Garcia said, so far, reaction to his endorsement has been positive.
"I'm getting comments from all over the state of Mississippi. I'm getting emails from all over because they did a national press release on it. Everything I've received so far has been positive. I'm sure I will be getting some negative emails about it and some negative phones calls," explained Garcia.
But the mayor said he's prepared to respond to those negative calls.
"At the end of the day, it's not for me or them to judge. Our judgment day will come; each one of us will have a judgment day. I do not believe God put us here to judge others, or others to judge us."
Garcia said he raised his children not to judge others. So when he was approached by the Freedom To Marry Organization, he knew this was the right thing to do, and he's hoping other city leaders do the same.
"There will be other mayors in the State of Mississippi approached to endorse them and I hope they do join the league and support them."
Members of the Gulf Coast Rainbow Center were elated to hear the news.
"I'm thankful to Mayor Garcia for being the first mayor in the state of Mississippi for starting the ball rolling and hopefully getting more mayors to sign on," said John Perkins.
According to the Freedom To Marry organization, there are only eight states left in the nation that don't have mayors who have publicly endorsed same sex-marriage.