|Homosexual activists and their political allies admit that
most support for a so-called “gay rights”/cross-dressing
ordinance came from outside the city and wouldn’t be
approved by city voters.
“Voters in the city of Holland will not decide if lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people should be protected by the cityâ€™s civil rights ordinances. …The decision was based on whether he believed a majority of the voters in the city of Holland would vote yes, (Bill Freeman, chaplain of Interfaith Congregation) said. He was swayed by much of the support for the ordinance change coming from outside of the city, he said. …Jay Peters, the only city council member present at Freemanâ€™s announcement, said ‘itâ€™s a prudent course of action.'”
Bill Freeman will ask council to reconsider Lesbian-Gay-
by Annette Manwell / The Holland Sentinel
Holland — Voters in the city of Holland will not decide if lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people should be protected by the cityâ€™s civil rights ordinances.
Bill Freeman, chaplain of Interfaith Congregation in Holland, announced Monday on the steps of Holland City Hall that his action will be to try to change the minds of the Holland City Council and that his goal is just one more council vote.
Freeman asked the city council more than a year ago to include the terms sexual orientation and gender identity in the cityâ€™s human relations and fair housing ordinance and equal employment opportunity policy. In April the Human Relations Commission agreed and sent a resolution to the city council for consideration. The resolution failed by a vote of 5-4.
Following that vote Freeman said he would start a petition drive for a ballot referendum. Monday he said instead that he will not rely on a majority to vote for the rights of a minority. His plan of action will be to attend every city council meeting to speak to members of council, educate them on LGBT issues and, because council meetings are broadcast on cable television, educate the public.
â€œWeâ€™re going to try to educate council further,â€ he said, adding that his hope is one more council vote. â€œDr. (Martin Luther) King (Jr.) did not ask the people of Alabama to vote for the rights of black people.”
The decision was based on whether he believed a majority of the voters in the city of Holland would vote yes, Freeman said. He was swayed by much of support for the ordinance change was coming from outside of the city, he said.
One week ago, Holland is Ready, a local organization working to educate people about the LGBT community, announced it would not seek a vote but continue its goal to educate the public. At that time, Freeman said he was still considering a petition drive and was â€œstill fact-finding.â€
His announcement, made on the front steps of city hall, received applause from those in attendance.
Jay Peters, the only city council member present at Freemanâ€™s announcement, said â€œitâ€™s a prudent course of action.â€