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Troy Mayor Called Gay Lifestyle 'Dangerous,' Recording Reveals

Janice Daniels' comments disturbed high school Gay-Straight Alliance members and others from the community gathered to plan an anti-bullying event.

When Troy Mayor Janice Daniels met earlier this month with members of the   planning an event on bullying or suicide, she told them she would "bring in psychiatrists who will tell you that the homosexual lifestyle is dangerous," according to audiotapes provided by the city, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Troy High School senior Skye Curtis, who was at the Jan. 9 meeting,

Curtis said when they were talking about who could speak during the event, Daniels "alluded to the fact that she wanted to bring in a panel of psychologists who would testify that homosexuality was a mental disease."

When asked about the comments at the Troy City Council meeting that same night, Jan. 9, Daniels said she said no such thing.

"That is a misrepresentation entirely," Daniels said in an interview with Troy Patch that evening. "I would like to meet with Skye and her parents to discuss these kinds of issues. Rather than have all this division, we need to come together, because I never said that."

In an interview after the meeting, Daniels said what she said was there's a higher incidence of overall disease in the homosexual community, the Free Press said.

GSA member  also attended Jan. 9 meeting and described the exchange: "Somebody said something to the effect of, 'We can't tell these kids that what they're doing is wrong,'"

"And she said, 'Well, I can get a panel to testify,'" Curtis said. "Which is really horrifying, because if we're trying to prevent suicide, telling a room full of gay kids that they have a mental disease probably isn't a way to prevent suicide."

During public comment Jan. 9, Amy Weber – who was also at the event planning meeting – said she was so disturbed by Daniels' comments that she attended the Troy City Council meeting to ask for an audio copy of the meeting, which the mayor recorded.

A recording of the meeting was released to the Detroit Free Press on Friday after a Freedom of Information Act request to the city. Troy Patch also requested the recording, but had not yet received it.

Daniels first came under fire in early December over her  before she was elected mayor in November.

Daniels confirmed posting the status update to her page and defended the statement. 

"I firmly support marriage as being defined as between one man and one woman and I am not going to change my position," . "That said, I love all people and will continue to work towards promoting a vibrant City of Troy."

It's been a volatile first couple of months for the new mayor, who has also been under attack for her and public reading of a . Some residents have called for Daniels to step down and others have vowed to mount a recall effort.

nearly three-quarters of Troy voters surveyed said they would support recalling Daniels from office.

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shadow_man January 31, 2012 at 10:15 AM
For those of you claiming homosexuality is a "lifestyle", that is a false and ignorant statement. Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological. http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/03/differential-brain-activation.pdf http://www.newscientist.com/channel/sex/dn14146-gay-brains-structured-like-those-of-the-opposite-sex.html Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155990,00.html http://www.livescience.com/health/060224_gay_genes.html http://www.springerlink.com/content/w27453600k586276/ http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2008/06/16/172/ There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. "Nurture" may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.
shadow_man January 31, 2012 at 10:16 AM
And it should also be noted that: "It is worth noting that many medical and scientific organizations do believe it is impossible to change a person's sexual orientation and this is displayed in a statement by American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, Interfaith Alliance Foundation, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, and National Education Association."
shadow_man January 31, 2012 at 10:16 AM
The National Library of Medicine pubs confirm that sexual orientation is natural, biologically induced in the first trimester of pregnancy, morally neutral, immutable, neither contagious nor learned, bearing no relation to an individuals ability to form deep and lasting relationships, to parent children, to work or to contribute to society. From the American Psychological Association: homosexuality is normal; homosexual relationships are normal. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association have endorsed civil marriage for same-sex couples because marriage strengthens mental and physical health and longevity of couples, and provides greater legal and financial security for children, parents and seniors. America's premier child/mental health associations endorse marriage equality.
shadow_man January 31, 2012 at 10:17 AM
We need to get the word out to religious communities that anti-gay people are twisting God's words to suit their agenda. Homosexuality is not a sin. The Bible is constantly being taken out of context to support anti-gay views. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, Greek temple sex worship, prostitution, pederasty with teen boys, and rape, not homosexuality or two loving consenting adults. http://www.soulfoodministry.org/docs/English/NotASin.htm http://www.jesus21.com/content/sex/bible_homosexuality_print.html http://www.christchapel.com/reclaiming.html http://www.stjohnsmcc.org/new/BibleAbuse/BiblicalReferences.php http://www.gaychristian101.com/ http://www.mccchurch.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Resources&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=2121 http://www.wouldjesusdiscriminate.org/biblical_evidence.html http://www.soulforce.org/article/homosexuality-bible-gay-christian http://www.goodhopemcc.org/spirituality/sexuality-and-bible/homosexuality-not-a-sin-not-a-sickness.html
Randy Jasky March 03, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Yet again, Mayor Daniels' words were taken out of context, and twisted to suit another groups' agenda...which had less to do with support for/opposition to homosexuality, and more to do with attacking the Mayor on every issue possible. It has become nearly impossible to even utter the word "gay" or "homosexual" in public without being branded as some kind of monster, but the truth here is that Mayor Daniels is no monster, and these "stories" are fabricated not to benefit the community, or for the purpose of honest debate, but to undermine the results of the recent election. I am offended that these "issues" keep cropping up, and would prefer my Mayor be allowed to focus on the duties of her position, rather than being forced to defend herself against these constant frivolous attacks.
Dave W March 03, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Her words were not taken out of context. She volunteered the derogatory use of the word "queer" on her public facebook page and then doubled-down by saying a panel of psychologists (those who study mental health) could be brought in to testify that being gay is dangerous. I'm not sure what fabricated stories you're referring to, since her statements are either on her own social media or she is on tape saying them. One can use the words "gay" or "homosexual" in public without being branded a monster. It's the words one uses with them that determines that. Which seems like the statement from a "monster"?: 1) "I don't care if someone is gay or not, if they want to marry someone they love, more power to them. I know I wouldn't marry someone of the same sex, but to each their own." -or- 2) "Those gay people make me sick. If we could just cure them, then it would be ok. Why do they want to destroy the family?" (Answer: #2, in case it was in question) I'm offended that the Mayor allowed these things to happen in the first place. If she didn't make such comments publicly, there'd be no issue and she could perform the duties of her position.
Ed Lambert March 03, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Randy, take note that none of the liberals supporting the recall on this forum will even debate objections raised by their political opposition. The most you'll get from them is whining--when they're not heaping further abuse on Daniels herself. The reason is quite simple: There IS no intellectual debate in today's liberalism. It is the product of the "Me" generation whose only principle is their personal satisfaction, a satisfaction that they themselves will not even investigate because they feed entirely on it. "It makes me feel so right." When it is pointed out to liberals that their political efforts will result in the loss of their own personal freedom, they do not respond. This is because their first gratification is a perverse sense that what they are doing is for everyone's "good." This makes themselves feel good--which is the personal gratification I spoke of above and which is their only guiding principle. They will not respond. Or they will go to the moderator, perhaps, to complain about how they have been "villified" and that the posts should be pulled down. That, Randy, is the m.o. of liberals. Has been ever since liberalism has become captive of that "Me" generation. Heck, none of them will even repeat JFK's most famous line from his inaugural address. None of the younger ones even know it!
Ed Lambert March 03, 2012 at 05:12 PM
shadow_man, homosexual orientation in itself cannot be labelled a sin because there is not necessarily any activity that results from this orientation. From that point forward we as a society must determine whether homosexual acts between consenting adults are to be penalized. I think it fair to say that in our society most of us think this should not be done. Calling same-sex coupling "marriage" is an entirely different matter because it alters the definition of marriage itself.
Dave W March 03, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Ed, I found the below on the blog "Rationally Speaking" which gives a good explanation of both sides: "It is important to note that liberalism does not always imply a complete break with the past, but often just an extension, broadening, or synthesis of more current thinking. For example, Enlightenment thinkers did not call for an end to government (anarchy). They called for a change in government. Or, for another example, consider the battle over gay marriage rights. Liberals do not want to create special rights for gay people. They simply wish to extend existing “civil rights” to a group that has been historically denied them. On the flip side, it is also important to note that conservatism is not always true to its name, and is sometimes a facade that doesn’t hold up to its name. For example, many American conservatives argue that the definition of marriage should remain the same as it has always been, thereby resisting its extension to gays. Yet, there has actually never been one universal definition of marriage. Rather, the concept has evolved and changed over the past few thousand years. As such, the “conservative” position simply reveals itself to be a mask for bigotry — a way for straight people who don’t like gays to display their abhorrence of a different lifestyle in a manner that is politically acceptable."
Dave W March 03, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Continued... Of course, liberals can also mask their political goals with generic language such as “we need to adapt to the times," or push for change when it is not needed. But, while liberals ought to be willing and able to defend the need for change on a case by case basis, it is equally unacceptable for conservatives to defend the status quo simply because tradition is important above all else." I think this was a pretty fair assessment of how both sides approach issues. Also, many people know the JFK quote, and both sides believe what their doing is for their country. As far as the Mayor is concerned, we'll just have to see if the recall pans out or not....
Irv Wengrow March 03, 2012 at 09:03 PM
The critical issue is NO person in authority has ANY business discussing sexual orientation - in whatever context - with our children. That is a family issue. Can you imagine any Congressman making such a statement without repercussions? Nothing to do with liberal or conservative - plenty on both side have strongly criticized her words

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