Holland, Michigan Pastor Arrested for ‘Occupying’ City Hall Over Council’s Refusal to Enact LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws

Gay Holland, Michigan pastor was released from jail last night after being arrested protesting the City Council's refusal to expand anti-discrimination statutes to include LGBT people, The Grand Rapids Press reports:

FreemanFreeman, minister of Interfaith Congregation, was arrested Wednesday night after he refused to leave City Hall. He has worked to expand the city's anti-discrimination ordinance to include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Police had twice asked him to leave the city building but he refused. He was handcuffed and taken to the Ottawa County Jail.

WOOD TV adds:

The morning after his arrest, Freeman seemed to have some regret.

"Did I waste my time? I think I did," he wrote on Facebook. "Still no equal rights in Holland. Sorry."

The Council voted 5-4 in June to not expand the statutes.

Freeman said he was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

“I think sometimes the only thing you can do is civic disobedience. I hoped it wouldn’t come to this,” Freeman said. “I don’t know what else to do. I’ve tried everything else.”


  1. says

    You are encouraged to call the Mayor of Grand Rapids at (616) 456-3168 and express your displeasure with the City Council’s decision to discriminate against their gay citizens. You might also mention that you will encourage all to boycott Grand Rapids Michigan including any tourism and the purchase of goods or services from their community either directly or online. The gay community has no desire to support either politically or financially any community that refuses to protect all gay citizens. (If someone can find the Mayor’s email address please post it.)

  2. dctopman says

    @OS2GUY I’m not sure I understand why contacting the Mayor of Grand Rapids will help with this situation in Holland, MI. The number for the mayor in Holland, MI (Kurt D. Dykstra) is 616-355-1314 and the email address is k.dykstra@cityofholland

  3. TomJ says

    “Holland, Michigan Pastor Arrested for ‘Occupying’ City Hall Over Council’s Refusal to Enact LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws”

    This has to not be one of the anti-most very confusing headlines and lead sentences ever to not anti-appear on Towleroad.

    Who wrote this? WTF?

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