As a fitting end-cap to the cavalcade of national news coverage of Joel Burns’ now-legendary city council speech from last Tuesday, Burns’ husband JD Angle joined him via sattelite on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Chris O’Donnell. When asked if he was surprised by his fellow councilmembers’ supportive response to his speech, Burns had effectively conveyed Fort Worth’s unique character trait in our ability to hold civilized city council meetings unlike other cities who are well-known for their divisiveness. View the clip here.
Straight from his appearance on NBC’s Today Show, Fort Worth District 9’s esteemed city councilman Joel Burns flew to Los Angeles to tape a segment for The Ellen Show on Tuesday. During its airing on Wednesday afternoon, downtown’s Simply Fondue was kind enough to open their doors early for a crowd of constituents and downtown friends as they had the show on their screens. You can view Burns’ Ellen appearance here.
For the first time during his seven-year reign, Moncrief had to dust off the gavel and eject a few disrespectful protesters who kept interrupting proceedings to insist the discussion about the Rainbow Room raid was pushed to the very back of the agenda, as if to imply that was some sort of homophobic move by the city to “sweep it under the rug”. At one point, openly gay city councilman Joel Burns had requested that one of the protesters be removed due to their unwillingness to remain calm and allow the meeting to proceed in order.
The evening council meetings routinely run well past midnight if they have to, only adjourning when the last speaker has spoken — as they did during this session. Even after repeated warnings for civility by Moncrief, the protesters — many who hailed from Dallas, where shouting and interruptions are a mainstay during their municipal proceedings — were not accustomed to the more relaxed non-confrontational Fort Worth approach. In the end, Moncrief was forced to summon the marshals and remove the disrespecting annoyance. View the video here.