Until Love Is Equal formed ten hours after a tragic vote in Holland, MI (USA) against a basic anti-discrimination ordinance. The 5-4 vote that legalized discrimination in the lakeshore city of Holland took place on June 15, 2011; ULIE formed in the morning hours on June 16, as a confused West Michigan scrambled to understand how such a thing could happen.
Within a week, hundreds had joined ULIE. Within a month, thousands.
We exist with the single focus of encouraging continued discussion about reconsideration of this awful vote, by five members of council, in Holland, MI (USA): Mayor Kurt Dykstra, the honorable Brian Burch, Todd Whiteman, Myron Trethewey and Nancy DeBoer. Several of these lawmakers (who voted to legalize discrimination) suggested LGBTQ residents and workers ought to go door-to-door, and ask those who despise them to consider a public vote (to protect them.) The cruelty of that suggestion is only matched by its lack of precedent in the history of equal rights in this country.
There has been no indication by any member of council in Holland, MI (USA) that a change of heart is coming. But we press on, because every hour of every day, this awful vote impacts actual human beings by casting them as second-class citizens. Right here in West Michigan.
And it will only continue… if you say nothing. Please join us.
(More background information here on the Media Page.)