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Gay Family Responds with Love in Face of Homophobic Comments

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Dec 14, 2011

Mayor Janice Daniels

Janice Daniels, the new mayor of Troy, Michigan, has been under fire in recent weeks after a homophobic status update was discovered on her Facebook page.

“I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there,” she was quoted as saying.

Though the comment was posted months before she was sworn in as mayor, many community members say that her statement was inappropriate for anyone seeking public office.

Last week, a group of protesters, organized by students from Troy High School, gathered at the Troy City Hall to call for Daniels’ resignation.  That evening, dozens of community members lined up to speak at Daniels’ first City Council meeting.

Enter the very impressive Amy and Tina, a lesbian couple with two daughters, who spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting:

Amy and Tina offer a phenomenal example of confronting hateful rhetoric with love. Amy’s wise words about “choosing love” and admitting when you have made a mistake were met with a standing ovation. We commend Amy for her brave words and willingness to take the high road.

In the words of native Michigander Luanne Frey, “What a classy lady.”

One Response to “Gay Family Responds with Love in Face of Homophobic Comments”

  1. Mayor Janice Daniels apologize was spoken as a politician and showed no sign of contriteness. It was apparent it was and still is an angry statement about gay marriage in the state of New York. She did not back off the same gender marriage being acceptable in her eyes. Unless she seeks conscious training raising about tolerance and human civil rights for all people she will not make a good mayor. She spoke from Christian pious religious intolerance not from Love that Jesus spoke about. As a civic leader she needs to learn that Soul and the human consciousness have been involving from its Dark Ages. This is the age of enlightenment. The old down trodden traditional ways of humans are of the past. Many Americans have died in wars, demonstrations and prisons to advance the freedom of all Americans. She needs to be reminded of Women Suffrage and where she would be today without it.
    May The Blessings Be

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