Mich. Mayor AGAIN Makes Hateful, Anti-Gay Remark
The conservative mayor of Troy, Mich., appeared on a radio talk show this week and said the "homosexual lifestyle" is dangerous and then compared being gay to smoking cigarettes, CBS Detroit reported.
Janice Daniels, who faces a recall effort for homophobic comments she made last December, went on Charlie Langton’s morning talk show on Radio 1270 to respond to the controversial remarks.
About a year ago, just after New York legalized same-sex marriage, Daniels took to Facebook and wrote, "I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there."
Six months later, after she became the mayor of Troy, her statements made national headlines. When she was put in the spotlight, Daniels defended her remarks.
"It’s my personal belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. I love people, but I want to acknowledge my First Amendment right to speak freely. I know that as mayor, I represent all of the people in this city."
Soon after, however, Daniels was fired from her day job with Century 21 and a spokeswoman for the company said they could not employ anyone "who would be capable of such insensitivity to the LGBT community." But Daniels still remained mayor of the fairly large city, which is about 22 miles north of Detroit.
The politician defended her statements again while visiting the radio show and tried to explain her side of the story.
"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 said, adding, "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."