Five months ago, Janice Daniels posted a status update on her personal Facebook wall that said, “I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.” But now, because Daniels is the newly elected mayor of Troy, Michigan, her tweet has gone viral. And if you think her tweet was offensive, wait until you see her explanation, because lady sure as heck did not apologize.
Daniels had this to say in her defense:
“I was not even considering running for mayor when I posted that. I probably shouldn’t have used that kind of language, but… I was thinking for myself. My personal belief is that marriage is between one man and one woman… They are my personal comments and I posted them. I am not going to change my opinion… But… As mayor, I represent all members of the community, and I am honored to have been elected… I love all people and will continue to work towards promoting a vibrant City of Troy.
“The groups that despise me are digging deep to try to find something to worry about. They probably should start worrying about how they can best work with a new Mayor who believes that we live in a free country and we all have first amendment rights to speak our minds on any and all issues that are before us. BTW, I am still carrying my I Love New York bag.”
It’s funny that Daniels thinks a person’s words only matter after they decide to go into politics—if that were the case, Herman Cain would still be running for president.
And she obviously meant “queer” in a disparaging way and has since deleted the Facebook comment—showing that her words matter to her, whether she’d like to admit their impropriety or not.
But seeing as two local LGBT groups have called for her apology and an upcoming student protest will call for her resignation, the neophyte mayor is quickly learning how much words matter, no matter their age.