Troy Mayor Compares Homosexual Lifestyle to Cigarette Smoking
Janice Daniels, who may face a recall election in November, made the comparison during a radio show Wednesday morning.
Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, who first came under fire in December for making an anti-gay comment on Facebook, is facing further criticism this week after she compared the dangers of the homosexual lifestyle to the dangers of cigarette smoking Wednesday during a radio interview.
"What I said while I was mayor ... I was in a business meeting, I come from a business perspective ... I said that I would bring a doctor into a meeting that would say that the homosexual lifestyle is dangerous," Daniels told Talk Radio 1270 host Charlie Langton, according to CBS. "Had I been with a group of smokers I might have said I would like to bring a doctor into this meeting to say that smoking is dangerous."
After Langton asked whether the mayor felt it was dangerous to be gay, Huffington Post reported, Daniels said she had no opinion, but noted, "I think that doctors can make a case for it, certainly."
The radio interview took place less than a day after political action committee Recall Janice Daniels filed 909 recall petitions containing 9,300 signatures with the Oakland County Elections Division. If 7,985 of the group's signatures are verified, the recall issue will be put to Troy voters in the Nov. 6 general election.
Daniels has remained the center of controversy after voting against the Troy Transit Center (a scaled-down version was later approved), telling the Troy High School Gay-Straight Alliance she would bring in an expert to tell them the homosexual lifestyle is "dangerous" and writing a lengthy position paper some viewed as personally attacking city employees and council members.