Troy Mayor Doesn’t Like ‘Queers’ Getting Married in NY


Janice Daniels, the newly elected Republican mayor of Troy, Michigan, has provoked heavy criticism for a June 25 post on her Facebook wall in which she wrote, “I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”

Since this post was unearthed by the blog Keep Troy Strong, and Daniels admitted that she in fact made the post, Daniels has received a swathe of criticism from the public, with many calling for her immediate resignation and saying that her anti-gay attitude means she is not fit to hold the position.

Daniels has, according to the Detroit News, apologized for the comment:

“I absolutely do regret it, I shouldn’t have used such language,” she told radio host Charlie Langton. “While I do believe marriage should be between one man and one woman, it was inappropriate to use that language. It’s a dictionary word, it’s used in a TV show and in other contexts. It was inappropriate and I do apologize.

“It was meant to be a joke, silly, a funny thing.”

However, Daniels had previously said she would not apologize for the post because she didn’t believe the word “queers” was offensive and that gay people use it all the time.

As such, her apology has been perceived as somewhat begrudging and that it has rather missed the point. Her comments since then have apparently done little to detract from this opinion.

When faced with public protests outside City Hall, Daniels contended that this was all because of a poor choice of words: ”I’m a good person, I really am. I said one word that you don’t like. One word.”

She reportedly added, “True forgiveness means that you wipe the slate clean and allow the person to improve themselves from that point forward, so this is a very good lesson for all of us!”

News surfaced that Daniels had been fired from her real estate job, however this has turned out to be false. Daniels apparently decided to put her license “in escrow” because she does not have time to devote to that job anymore.

Calls for her to be ousted as Mayor rumble on however, with a number of people indicating that they are now choosing to move business and commerce out of Troy because of the negativity surrounding Daniels’ comment.

However, Troy City Manager John Szerlag maintains that these were personal comments and that no action will be taken against Daniels. Indeed, because Daniels made this Facebook posting before she became Mayor it would seem that she cannot be recalled on this basis and any recall petition would have to focus on her conduct since taking office.

The Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition thinks, while not condoning the comment, that the backlash against Janice Daniels is unfair and that her one comment prior to becoming Mayor should not determine her time as Mayor now. They accuse Daniels’ opponents of using this incident as a political weapon.

Still, the very fact that a recall is being discussed and that Troy residents this week reportedly packed out city hall to speak out against Janice Daniels’ anti-gay Facebook comments, suggests that this issue is not going to go away any time soon.

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Joe Salas
Joe Salas6 years ago

Why is it that most all of the republican GOP's are against gays, I'd like to know what the hell we have done to ruffle their feathers. When is this world going to wake up and realize that we are not going away, and that we just want to live and be happy. Why is it so wrong to want to express how we feel for each other in a civil ceremony, in front of God and all our loved ones. You don't see gay people smooching and making out in public like alot of straight people, it's because we have decency and decorum! This mayor wannabe just showed her true colors and how she feels. Yes she's a bigot, and that wasn't meant to be cute she knew exactly what she was saying! I use to pray to God to let me die because I didn't know what being gay was, but he just kept blessing me. I finally came to understand who I was and how to love who I was. Fortunately I had the best parents and family in the world, they loved me unconditionally and they wouldn't change me for the world. So I'm sorry for all the people who don't understand who we are, because they are missing out on alot of beautiful and loving people! I pray for America and all the bigots, especially for the republicans! What everyone does behind closed doors is their business and no one else's! God Bless us all and whoever's chosen to run this country!

james n.
james p6 years ago

time to grow up and get a real life----Troy has enough REAL problems for you to address, without adding to, or distracting from, them

Mark Stevenson
Mark S6 years ago

If you mean me, yes I lean more left now. I was leaning right back in 2005 and beyond because of all the PC stuff about Christmas. But the stuff the far right is coming up with (Newt, Santorum, etc) made me put my other leg back over the liberal fence. I still support the 2nd amendment, so I am not a pure liberal, lol.

Robby C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Well played Mark. Would've sent you a Green one, but had already sent one from another thread. You seem to lean left- that's fine b/c you also seem to reason. I'll say here again, though, that both reps & dems are equally greedy, corrupt, opportunistic, etc... No party lines in 2012! Ok, I won't hold my breath :-)

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

Why doesn't she stay in Troy and do her job instead of gallavanting away to NY(C)? I mean, there has to be other places she can go to, when she has these feelings of doom concerning the brave decisions made in New York State.
Thanks for your support, Douglas J. Just a correction: Being gay is not a "life style choice". Being an amateur veggie grower, a sports fan, like to travel, love computers, fish, dress in denim, live in the woods; that is choices and life styles. But being gay is someone, as put by Lady Gaga, born this way.
Not a choice, although if put in a situation where I had to chose, I would stay gay.

Christopher C.
Chris C6 years ago

I'm sure the world WOULD NOT stop spinning on it's axis if Janice Daniels threw away her "I Love My NY" bag! She needs to get a life!

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley6 years ago

Janice Daniels, you are not a good person. A good person treats everybody with respect. Yet another Republican with a bigoted, ignorant, out of date attitude towards LGBT people and gay marriage.

Mark Stevenson
Mark S6 years ago

Not everyone. Remember what happened to Don Imus?? You may have a right to an opinion, but be prepared to face the consequences if you offend a certain group.

Robby C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Everyone's entitled to their opinion....

Douglas Jackson
Douglas J6 years ago

What business is it of anyone, never mind someone in public office, what a person's sexual preferences are? To degrade, criticize or even comment on an individuals personal life style choices is just plain wrong. The only time any concern should be placed on matters of a sexual nature is when minors are involved. What is so interesting about other peoples sexuality anyway? Mayor Daniels should have been focusing on relevant matters pertaining to the needs of her constituents and not the private life style choices between two consenting adults.