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‘Douche du Jour’: Troy, Michigan Mayor Janice Daniels Urged to Quit After Calling Gays “Queers” in Facebook Post

You may recall that this past June, New York became the sixth state (plus Washington, DC) to legalize same-sex marriage. It was a great civil rights victory for America, yet many Americans were outraged and disgusted that “queers” now enjoy the same rights as everyone else.

Among these bigots was one Janice Daniels, mayor of Troy, Michigan. When she heard about the historic New York vote, she took to her Facebook page and wrote: “I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”

It took half a year for her homophobic comment to gain national attention, but now that it has, some in Troy are calling for Daniels’ resignation. Dozens of protesters braved the wind, rain and snow outside of City Hall Monday to sound off about their bigoted mayor. The demonstration was organized by students from Troy High School.

“Even though we were too young to vote her in, we don’t think we’re too young to take her out of her office, or at least make her aware of the problem,” 17-year-old Skye Curtis, co-founder of her school’s new Gay-Straight Alliance, told the Detroit Free Press

At first, Mayor Daniels defended her indefensible comment. “I still believe that marriage is between one man and one woman,” she explained last Friday. But on Monday, she met with some of the protesters and offered an apology, of sorts:

“I explained to them that this is a perfect opportunity for all of us to learn how important it is to choose our words carefully. I’m human, I made a mistake, but I feel I did the right thing — I admitted my mistake, I apologized,” she told the Free Press. 

But she also shot herself in the foot by asserting that queer is “just a word.”

“That shows she does not understand,” 17-year-old Troy High senior Zach Kilgore lamented to the Free Press. 

No, she doesn’t. That’s why Janice Daniels is our Daily Douche.

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