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GRAND RAPIDS PRESS — Gay rights debate made focus of Holland election with Gary Glenn's robocalls

July 29, 2011
“Glenn is president of the American Family Association of Michigan. His involvement in the City Council election comes as the chairman of the political action campaign, Campaign for Michigan Families. …In the robocall, Glenn hails (Holland City Council candidate Jerry) Tonini for opposing ‘a discriminatory ordinance giving special rights to individuals involved in homosexual behavior or cross-dressing.'”

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GRAND RAPIDS PRESS
Grand Rapids, Michigan
July 29, 2011

Gay rights debate made focus of Holland
election with Gary Glenn’s robocalls

by Shandra Martinez | The Grand Rapids Press

HOLLAND, Mich. – Conservative Christian activist Gary Glenn is keeping his promise to campaign for candidates challenging Holland City Council incumbents who voted in favor of extending the city’s anti-discrimination lawto include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Glenn called Holland voters Thursday night in a robocall message supporting Gerardo “Jerry” Tonini who is running for 2nd Ward seat on the City Council against incumbent Jay Peters.

Peters was one of the four members who unsuccessfully voted in favor of the ordinance. The three-way race also includes former Councilman Victor Orozco, who supports gay rights.

Did Glenn’s call help Tonini’s campaign?

“I don’t know,” admits Tonini. “The results will be known on Aug. 2.”

Expanding the ordinance to sexual orientation isn’t needed, said Tonini, who currently serves as chairman of the city’s Planning Commission.

“If we protect a certain group of people, then in essence we create more discrimination,” he said.
Tonini, who works for T2 Communications, says he doesn’t buy the argument by some companies that not expanding the ordinance hurts businesses. Furniture-maker Herman Miller and other businesses say the council’s failure to expand the ordinance will hurt their efforts to recruit top employees, no matter what their sexual orientation.

In a radio interview, Glenn took aim at Herman Miller by suggesting that gay workers don’t number within the ranks of the “best and the brightest” employees.

Glenn is president of the American Family Association of Michigan. His involvement in the City Council election comes as the chairman of the political action campaign, Campaign for Michigan Families.

Glenn recently announced he might mount his own campaign for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s seat, which would first pit him against Holland’s favorite son and former Republican Congressman Peter Hoekstra.

In the robocall, Glenn hails Tonini for opposing “a discriminatory ordinance giving special rights to individuals involved in homosexual behavior or cross-dressing.”

Some criticize Glenn for stepping into the local election but Tonini says he appreciates Glenn’s support.
“I think every resource is valuable when we are dealing with an election,” Tonini said.

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Full Script of Gary Glenn’s robocall

“Hi, this is Gary Glenn with the Campaign for Michigan Families, urging you to support Jerry Tonini for Holland City Council. Jerry Tonini is the only candidate who opposes the discriminatory ordinance giving special rights to individuals involved in homosexual behavior or cross-dressing.

Jay Peters voted in favor of homosexual activists’ discriminatory ordinance, and Victor Orozco said he also supports the homosexual special rights ordinance.

This discriminatory ordinance supported by Peters and Orozco threatens your family’s religious freedom. In other states, these ‘sexual orientation’ laws have been used in court to legalize homosexual marriage and to discriminate against churches, businesses, and individuals – plus community groups such as the Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities — who refuse to allow homosexual Scoutmasters or clergy or to support the homosexual agenda.

Remember, Jay Peters and Victor Orozco support this discriminatory ordinance that threatens marriage and religious freedom.

Only one candidate opposes homosexual activists’ discriminatory special rights ordinance: Jerry Tonini, chairman of the Holland Planning Commission.

Jerry Tonini is committed to protecting the traditional values and religious freedom shared by families in Holland. Jerry Tonini will vote to protect marriage and religious freedom. Tuesday, please vote for Jerry Tonini for city council, either at City Hall or St Frances on West 13th.

This message was paid for by the Campaign for Michigan Families, including our supporters here in Holland.”

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/07/gary_glenn_steps_into_holland.html
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