Gay Family Responds with Love in Face of Homophobic Comments
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.”