Activists Push LGBT Rights in Holland, Mich.

BY Trudy Ring

July 04 2011 4:35 PM ET

About 40 supporters of an LGBT rights ordinance rallied Monday on the steps of City Hall in Holland, Mich.

Last month the City Council voted down the ordinance 5-4, but supporters in the western Michigan city are not giving up, although they are changing strategy, local TV station WZZM reports.

“I announced that I was going to start a petition drive and ask the voters of Holland to approve a gay rights ordinance,” Bill Freeman, a leader of the effort, told today’s gathering. “After much deliberation, I have decided not to do that, because I don’t think you ask for the majority to vote for the rights of the minority.”

Instead, he and fellow activists plan to attend every City Council meeting and ask opponents of the ordinance to reconsider. The next meeting is Wednesday.

Holland is home to Hope College, a school affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church, and is noted for its Dutch cultural attractions, including the annual Tulip Festival.







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