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Two Republicans Do The Right Thing

Jim Burroway

August 21st, 2006

The editors of the Kalamazoo Gazette observed that “After what happened to a couple of Kalamazoo County commissioners this week, it’s a wonder any Republican lawmakers have the nerve to support equal rights for homosexuals.”

Last Tuesday, two GOP Commissioners joined seven Democrats to include “a person’s political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity” in the county’s non-discrimination policy. Immediately before the vote, more than six thousand residents started getting automated phone calls with recorded messages from the American Family Association denouncing GOP Commissioners Bob Brink and Joe VanBruggen. Despite all this, the two stuck to their guns and passed the measure.

The editors congratulate their courage:

So we know that the AFA has a long memory and is more than willing to try to punish elected officials for years after a vote the organization doesn’t approve of.

That does put a target on Brink’s back if he decides to run for the 61st House District seat in two years.

Sometimes, it isn’t easy to do the right thing when one knows that the penalty might be the end of a political career.

Bob Brink and Joe VanBruggen showed a lot of courage Tuesday night.

Contact information to congratulate the Board is available via this web site.

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