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New Online Petition Demands Mayor Janice Daniels' Resignation

The change.org petition hopes to gather 1,000 online signatures.

A new online petition on change.org is asking Troy Mayor Janice Daniels to resign as mayor of the city after she .

Daniels, who apologized on Monday, said she will not resign as mayor of Troy.

"Her position compels her to represent the interests of her constituents and she cannot do so if she openly discriminates against them," Joyce Wu wrote in the petition's description. "The people of Troy, MI deserve a mayor who is respectful of all its citizens regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, class, age, physical disability, gender or sexual orientation."

As of 3 p.m., the petition had gathered 150 signatures.

"I grew up in Troy and found it to be a diverse, forward-thinking, open society," wrote Julia Feczko, who signed the petition Tuesday. "Mayor Daniels' actions are the opposite of that. I am embarrassed!"

"As a proud native of Troy whose family has lived in the city for over 30 years, I am extremely disappointed at the mayor's choice of words, behavior and what I feel is a hollow apology," wrote Armen Terjimanian, who also signed the petition. "I can forgive if asked, but I cannot forget the damage that has been done."

c December 06, 2011 at 11:56 PM
There are a lot of people in society that do not believe in gay marriage. That is their right to believe as they want to. We come from a society that was raised with the belief that marriage is between a male and female. It will take some time before the majority believes that a male-male or female-female relationship is acceptable. I don't believe that her message was that she hates or dislikes people who prefer the same gender as their mates she just doesn't believe in marriage between the two. If we punish her for speaking how she feels then we are violating her freedom of speech. If she said she doesn't like queers that would be one thing she was just commenting on marriage between the same sex.
danny December 07, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Why is it that when people strongly disagree with Janice Daniels and her behavior, you think they are trying to punish her? They are exercising the same rights to free speech as you are clarifying for Mrs. Daniels . I find it interesting that you defend Janice Daniels and her right to protest something she doesn't agree with... Marriage equality. (Remember, she said she wanted to throw away her "I Love NY" bag as a simple protest), Yet when an overwhelming number of Troy citizens and people from all over the country threaten to boycott Troy businesses, write letters and speak publicly about this... they are punishing... overreacting... being unfair... victimizing her, Did you feel that way when SHE was publicly expressing her views? Did you ever stop to think that the human beings she doesn't think should be able to marry feel "punished"? I don't think you have. I believe you only see the punishing happening to Mayor Daniels because the outrage is bigger than you or her expected. It surely must feel surprising and punishing to suddenly realize you are on the wrong side of decency and public opinion.
Thomas T December 07, 2011 at 03:13 PM
She did NOT apologize. With her smug, smirking delivery and weak words, all she did was communicate that she thought this was no big deal. I want her to sit down with former bullies who used to torment kids every day by calling them "queers" and ask them where they got the idea it was okay to do that. (Hint, Mayor: it was adults using the term in a derogatory way. Adults like YOU.) And I want her to talk to the families of gay MI teens who were bullied to the brink of suicide - or beyond it. She can call Senator Gretchen Whitmer's office for the list. I want her to tell us that if a gay Marine saved her son's life in battle, she would call that Marine a "queer" and tell him that she thinks he shouldn't be able to marry the person of his choosing. I want her to stay out of New York City. Without the "queers" she hates so much, it would be a boring hellhole of Wal-Marts, missing a lot of the creativity, talent and generosity that gay people bring wherever they go. She doesn't deserve to love New York, and it surely doesn't deserve her. This goes far beyond "one little word that people don't like". She is indecent. She has horrible judgment. She is an unrepentant bigot. She does not deserve to represent Troy. I signed the petition. Resign, Janice. You are unfit for duty.
Lucille Musser Arking December 07, 2011 at 05:41 PM
This is not about gay marriage . Gay marriage is an issue that reasonable people can disagree about in a civil discourse . It is about the city of Troy mayor insulting, bullying , a group of people and then saying she is a victim. It is not about freedom of speech that only forbids the government from limiting your free speech . It is a hurtful word that would cause one to be fired in the work place . She is the employee of the city of Troy . Get the point. I hope you do . This word has caused youth to commit suicide . It is not appropriate for a public figure to insult , hurt and bully a group of the citizens in this city.
Nic Steele December 07, 2011 at 09:34 PM
I disagree that it is about the word. The word was used in a context which is also anti-gay. If she said she would throw out her bag because two men could get married, I think it would be just as offensive and people would be looking at this as more than "Just a word".
danny December 07, 2011 at 10:04 PM
@Lucille. I too originally thought it was just about the word "queer" that she used. But upon days of thought and reflection, I now cannot separate her offensive choice of a word from the overall intentions of the statement itself. What if she had said "I no longer want to carry an I Love NYC bag because gays and lesbians can now be married there."? This is just as shaming and devastating to a gay individual... especially one who is still afraid and ashamed. This is why I now believe it is her bigotry and ignorance that is offensive.... along with the bullying use of a hateful word.
Mamacita December 08, 2011 at 02:42 AM
Ms. Daniels is a bully, but NONE of the people attacking her are? BS. Youth have committed suicide for being bullied about their sexuality. I'm half surprised Ms. Daniels didn't go home after that meeting and commit suicide herself. But, then again, I bet a lot of people would have been happy about that. Horrible, horrible people.
Lucille Musser Arking December 08, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Danny , I never said it is about a word. I it is about insulting a group of people in our community . It her intend to bullying people . I find what she said very poor judgement at best and evil at most. It is inappropriate for anyone let alone a public figure. I support gay marriage . I have supported it since the early 80"s when I worked with individuals and families affected by AIDS . I do however understand that responsible people not aware of the total story may mistakenly not approve of gay marriage . I good reasonable people who would never insult or hurt a person who need to learn and grow to support gay marriage . They are reasonable people but Mayor Daniels did more then say that used that to let insults and bullying to those she does not agree with . Do not think for one minute I excuse her. I just did not want her supporters to change the subject which is bullying and insulting a part of our city. If you try to have discourse with some on the far right the love to change the subject when it gets uncimfortable . They use red herrings to change the focus . I like to keep them on focus .
Thomas T December 08, 2011 at 05:51 PM
I don't wish the woman dead, Mamacita. I want her to live a long, long life where she can be as miserable as a bullied gay teenager. I want her to see what her words do to kids in school on a daily basis. I want her to experience the same kind of treatment that "queers" do. That's not horrible. It's justice.

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