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Anti-Gay Troy, Michigan Mayor Janice Daniels Gets the Boot

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Troy, Michigan mayor Janice Daniels, who made national headlines in 2011 over a Facebook update that read "I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there" and months later said she wanted an expert to testify that homosexuality is a mental illness at an anti-bullying forum, has been sent packing.

Voters recalled her last night, the Daily Tribune reports:

With all 31 precincts reporting, the yes vote won 20,763 to 18,993.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Matt Binkowski, spokesman for the effort to recall the embattled mayor. “We’re very happy that Troy can now finally move forward and the embarrassment of Janice Daniels’ short term as mayor is finally over.”

Binkowski said the campaign has been a long one. “Unfortunately, a lot of feelings have been hurt on both sides. I think this is the best thing for Troy.”

The Detroit News adds:

Ellen Hodorek, with a crowd of about 50 recall backers at Joe Kool's on Big Beaver Road, teared up and dabbed at her eyes with a napkin as she discussed the election.

"You don't know how important this is," Hodorek said. "This is important for the whole region."

Linda Kajma stood on a chair with a beer in her hand, exultant in Daniels' apparent ouster.

"I've lived in the city for 38 years. Don't mess with my city," she said. Speaking figuratively to Daniels, she added: "You can put on your red hat and get on the next train out of Troy."

Daniels was unavailable for comment.


Troy, MI Mayor Janice Daniels Compares Homosexuality to Smoking, Says It's 'Dangerous', Faces Recall: VIDEO

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Troy, Michigan mayor Janice Daniels, who faced outrage late last year over a Facebook update that read "I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there" and months later said she wanted an expert to testify that homosexuality is a mental illness at an anti-bullying forum spoke out again this week as she faces down a recall vote in November.

Daniels appeared on Charlie Langton’s morning show Wednesday on Talk Radio 1270, CBS Detroit reports:

“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.”

Is it dangerous to be gay? Langton asked.

“I think that doctors can make a case for it certainly,” the mayor said, adding that she “had no opinion” on whether being gay is more dangerous than smoking.

This week, organizers of a recall campaign against her delivered signatures:

Organizers of the recall campaign reportedly delivered 9,300 signatures Tuesday to the Elections Division at the Oakland County clerk’s office. The Detroit News said the group needed 7,985 valid signatures by June 15 to force the recall election — which means unless the signatures are challenged as invalid, the recall election will happen in November.

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Homophobic Troy, MI Mayor Janice Daniels Faces Recall Threat

Troy, Michigan mayor Janice Daniels, who faced outrage late last year over a Facebook update that read "I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there", may soon face a recall, the Detroit Free Press reports:

DanielsAn entity called Recall Janice Daniels filed two petitions Monday with the Oakland County Clerk's Office. Daniels was called a "dangerous, polarizing ideologue" on its website, www.recalljanice.com. Matthew Binkowski of Troy sponsored the petitions.

"We believe that the citizens of Troy must take our city back," according to the website.

One petition challenges her vote against millions of dollars in federal funding to build a transit center near the Troy/Birmingham border. The other challenges her views on homosexuality, her behavior during her swearing-in, and a possible breach of City Council meeting rules.

Daniels faced more anti-gay allegations in January after she met with students at the Troy High School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) seeking to mend ties with the mayor by holding a forum, and told them that she wanted to invite psychologists who would testify that homosexuality is a mental disease.

According to the paper, "If approved, the petition's supporters have 180 days to submit 7,985 signatures, which need to be gathered within any 90-day period within the 180 days."


Troy, Michigan Mayor Janice Daniels Suggested 'Expert' Testify That Homosexuality is Mental Illness at Anti-Bullying Forum

Following outrage late last year over a Facebook update that read "I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there", Troy, Michigan mayor Janice Daniels met with students at the Troy High School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).

DanielsThe students hoped to invite Daniels to participate in an anti-bullying forum in order to cultivate understanding between the mayor and the LGBT community. That is, until Daniel suggested that she bring along "psychologists who would testify that homosexuality is a mental disease," according to Skye Curtis, 17, a senior and co-president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at the school:

While discussing plans for a forum on bullying and suicide, Daniels told students she wanted to invite "a panel of psychologists who would testify that homosexuality is a mental disease," said Skye Curtis, 17, a senior and co-president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at the school.

Daniels denied making the comment. "What I said was, there's a higher incidence of (overall) disease in the homosexual community," Daniels said. She said she taped the meeting and had reviewed her statements after the meeting. She declined to play the tape for the Free Press.

"I believe in full disclosure," Daniels said, adding that: "I would like to reach out to this girl and her parents about how this can be resolved."

Daniels alleged remarks prompted a request for the tape of the meeting from Amy Weber (you may remember she appeared with her wife Tina before Daniels at a City Council meeting to show the mayor her gay family):

Amy Weber was so disturbed by Daniels' comments that she attended the Troy City Council meeting Monday evening and asked for an audio copy of the meeting between the Troy High GSA and the mayor, which the mayor recorded, during public comment.

Patch.com adds, of the meeting:

"She turned it into an anti-suicide thing, which is great, but she wanted to completely ignore the issue that started this."

“That bullying leads to suicide," Curtis continued. "Then we started talking about who could possibly speak, and she alluded to the fact that she wanted to bring in a panel of psychologists who would testify that homosexuality was a mental disease."

“This was implied by her," [GSA member Zach] Kilgore clarified. "She didn’t explicitly say it. 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."

Students plan to hold the anti-bullying forum without Daniels


Poll: 37 Percent Want Homophobic Troy, MI Mayor to Resign

A new poll taken of Tryo, Michigan residents shows that 37% of residents want her gone:

Worst_danielsSome 300 registered voters in the city were called this week by the Glengariff Group's public polling program. When asked about Daniels' June 25 Facebook post that read "I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there," some 95 percent said they had heard about it.

Among other findings in the survey, which wasn't commissioned by a group and had a 5.6 percentage margin of error:

41.4 percent of residents said they viewed Daniels unfavorably.
44.7 percent said they would vote to recall the mayor if an election were held.
28.4 percent disapproved of her job performance.

Daniels, elected in November, has faced a flurry of criticism nationwide since her post went viral this month.

She has also, hopefully, gained a new perspective on gay families.


Homophobic Troy, MI Mayor Janice Daniels Gets a Look at a Gay Family: VIDEO

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Props to this mom, because she has total class!

During the public comment portion of last week's Troy, Michigan City Council meeting, at which Mayor Janice Daniels was eviscerated for her Facebook remarks about "queers", Amy and Tina, a married lesbian couple, showed up with their biological daughters and offered Daniels some advice for her future. They also received a standing ovation.

Can we hire these women to show up in front of every homophobe?

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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