July 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Miss. marriage supporter announces retirement
Mississippi, gay news, Washington Blade

(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

WAVELAND, Miss. — The first Mississippi mayor to publicly support marriage rights for same-sex couples on July 29 announced he plans to retire.

WLOX reported that David Garcia announced he would not seek re-election this fall in a letter he sent to residents of his city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“I’ve made the decision to retire at the conclusion of my term as Mayor of Waveland,” he said.

Garcia, a Democrat, took office in 2010. He is also the former chief of the Waveland Fire Department.

LGBT rights advocates in Mississippi and across the country applauded Garcia, who has a gay brother, earlier this month after he came out in support of same-sex marriage.

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