Dear Mayor Daniels,
I want to speak to you regarding your Facebook post “I think I'm going to throw away my 'I Love New York' carrying bag now that queers can get married there." I am both an ordained minister and a member of my current city’s planning commission, among other things, and I am appalled.
As a public official selected by your constituents, your freedom of speech is limited. You’re entitled to your opinion, but you are judging many of your very own constituents, many of whom may have elected you. You (or any other hate-mongerer) do not have the monopoly on morality, and if anything, this makes you even less moral. You have no more value as a person than any of the gay/lesbian group you are judging. You can define marriage one way for your life, but you have no right to define marriage for any other human. Did you know that the state of Michigan is a state with one of the highest rates of hate groups in the country? More than 30 active hate groups exist in Michigan currently, and your behavior fuels their horrible hate-mongering discrimination and lack of tolerance. As a public official, your job is to keep and protect ALL of your constituents, not just the ones you deem worthy. This is part of the reason my family and I will never move back to Michigan. I do not ever want to be associated with such hatred, and I would never allow my children to grow up thinking that this is normal or acceptable, for it is not.
This behavior from anyone, let alone a public official is so cruel, promoting discrimination and hatred. Now you have the opportunity to promote compassion and acceptance, or at least tolerance.