Grandville residents pressure city council for non-discrimination ordinance

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GRANDVILLE, Mich. -- A couple of weeks after a business owner in Grandville posted controversial statements on Facebook, refusing service to gay customers, community members are putting pressure on the city council to put an non-discrimination ordinance to the books. A proposal for a new ordinance covering regarding covering businesses was not introduced on Monday, but the city did pass a motion that supports the "fair treatment of everyone."

Residents who spoke urged city leaders to support equal rights.

The City of Grandville said that if it was to pass such an ordinance, it would be their responsibility to pay for the prosecution and court costs for any business that violates the policy, and the cost could be overwhelming for a city the size of Grandville.

This was all sparked by an April 14 Facebook post by Grandville mechanic Brian Klawiter where he said that homosexuals were not welcome at his business.

Klawiter posted again on Facebook on April 26 to say that a sin is a sin, and he isn't only targeting homosexuals with his beliefs.

The Grandville city council did passed a motion statng the city supports individual rights and fair treatment of everyone.

"My personal opinion is our silence has been definite," said Mayor Steve Maas.\ "There will be people who criticize this group if we say nothing. There will be people who criticize this group because if we don't tonight enact an LGBT ordinance."

"I got an email from a friend of mine who I went to high school with, currently lives in Texas," said resident Karilyn Frederick. "He is gay. The opening part was, 'My God, is Grandville still that backwards?'"

"No citizen should have to live in fear because of who they are," said Rev. Linda Looney. "All Michigan residents should have an equal opportunity to work hard and protect their families."

Several council members also said that they'd like more time as the city looks at options when it comes to protecting people from being discriminated against in Grandville.

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  • TheFoundingFathers

    LMFAO……. I predict that Grandville will be losing millions in tax revenue when ever single business that is owned by church going folks will be picking up shop and moving.

  • TheFoundingFathers

    One more thing I noticed in the picture. The lack of more than 25 people in the room. Again the ideals of a few people trying to force their beliefs onto the masses.

  • Dwen

    He has free speech and don’t go there if you don’t like him . He has a right to believe what he believes though I question the wisdom in being all in your face about it. I don’t think that portrays the Jesus I serve. A little tolerance here from those who claim to be masters at tolerance.

      • TheFoundingFathers

        Listen up you fool, do you think this is the only person in MICHIGAN that wants NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS GAY CRAP? The people VOTED! THE PEOPLE SAID HELL NO TO GAY MARRIAGE! I am not saying that posting that you will screw up somebody’s caris a bright idea , but if you don’t want your car/truck screwed up GO TO ANOTHER SHOP! Just remember that the majority of the voters are against Gay marriage, and that means that over 50% of the population does not agree with your lifestyle!

        With that said, GAYS in Michigan have a big bullseye painted on them!
        Pushing the population of Michigan to accept your lifestyle is a very stupid idea. If you keep pushing I guarantee you will see deaths and murders. There are people out there that will use extreme violence to get their point across. I just see this whole thing ending badly. I wish you all would just respect the VOTE OF THE PEOPLE.

        P.S. if I was Gay, Michigan is the last state I would want to set foot in………just saying.

        • Matt (@MaxxBot)

          I have some bad news for you buddy. First of all, the gay marriage vote in Michigan was 10 years ago, if you look at polling trends if it were redone now it would probably pass, I’d happily let the citizens of Michigan vote again but for some reason I don’t think you’d want that. Second, the fact that someone being able to live out their “lifestyle” without you being able to send in government to intervene bothers you this much is indicative of severe mental illness, seek help.

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