Target: Steve Maas, Mayor of Grandville, Michigan
Goal: Protect LGBT Grandville residents from being discriminated against by local businesses.
Gay people are now no longer allowed to take their cars in for repairs at a Grandville, Michigan auto shop because they are “wrong” and against God’s will, according to shop owner Brian Klawiter. He can legally enforce this discrimination because the city of Grandville does not have any laws on the books protecting gay people from discrimination. Demand that Grandville adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance at once to stop this kind of hateful discrimination.
In a long rant posted on Facebook, auto garage owner and mechanic Brian Klawiter railed against what he described as the rampant discrimination taking place in the United States against straight, white, Christian gun owners. In an effort to fight against this alleged discrimination and force “Liberals” to learn to “co-exist,” Klawiter announced that he would no longer welcome gay people in his Grandville business. If gay people insist on getting their cars fixed by him he will deliberately sabotage them, Klawiter threatened.
Klawiter can get away with this open hate because countless cities around the country, including Grandville, lack anti-discrimination ordinances that protect people on the basis of their sexual orientation. If Grandville had such a law, Klawiter’s actions would be illegal and he would be able to be held responsible for his denial of LGBT people’s civil rights. Sign the petition below to demand that Grandville adopt such an anti-discrimination law immediately to stop Klawiter’s hateful discrimination and that of any other businesses that decide to copy him.
Dear Mayor Maas,
I am writing you today regarding the controversy that has recently erupted over Brian Klawiter’s decision to begin to refuse service to gay people at his Grandville auto repair shop. This is not something that should be able to happen in the 21st century.
Gay people deserve to be treated with the same respect as anyone else. Too often, though, as this most recent event has demonstrated in clear detail, they are relegated to a position of second-class citizenship. This is unethical, immoral, and should be illegal.
Unfortunately, in your city businesses are free to treat gay people as less than their fellow Americans because you do not have any protections on the books for them specifically. This is a striking gap in your local ordinances that must be filled right away.
The controversial assertion of a person’s “religious freedom” right to discriminate against gay people is in the news a lot at the moment, and like it or not Brian Klawiter has pulled your city into the middle of the issue. I urge you to take the only right course of action available to you. I demand that you adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance protecting people on the basis of their sexual orientation at once so that Klawiter, and any other local businesses that may choose to emulate him, can no longer legally discriminate against gay people in your city.
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