All the recent hope n’ hoopla about gay marriage pretty quickly dissolves when one hears that “progressive, hip” Royal Oak can’t keep even the most basic of anti-discrimination ordinances in effect for more than a few weeks. It’s not just the sole old-fart homophobe who started the petition that upsets me, it’s the 1000+ signatures he quickly collected, that have now put the measure on hold until a November ballot election. So, all you gay leaders and supporters, scurrying around making so many fabulous news bites: go ahead and plan all your Lansing & Washington rallies for such a high-fallutin’ concept as marriage equality. Here in Royal Oak we’ll be partying like it’s 1969, still trying to obtain the very simplest of civil liberties whose ongoing struggle makes me ashamed of the community I’ve lived in for the past 20 years.
Bob Arene, Royal Oak