TRIANGLE FOUNDATION RELEASE
Tuesday, June 29, 2004, 2004
WOMAN ASSAULTED BY ANTI-GAY PETITIONER
(Pontiac, MI) An anti-gay activist, collecting signatures to
place an anti-gay question on the November ballot, assaulted a woman
who raised questions about the issue. The incident took place outside
of the Oakland County Courthouse on Tuesday morning.
Rachel Lutz was on her way to the courthouse for an unrelated matter
and witnessed the signature gatherer outside the building. The man
was seeking support of an initiative that would ban equal rights for
gay and lesbian couples. Lutz was familiar with the ballot drive to
deny gay and lesbian couples access to marriage, civil unions and
domestic partner benefits and began to inform potential signers about
the issue, suggesting that the effort was discriminatory.
"He shoved me," said Rachel Lutz. "I was standing by myself and did
nothing to him, but obviously he was furious that I exercised my
rights to free speech in favor of equality for gays. Finally, he
asked if I'm a 'lezzie' and then he shoved me for no other
reason. This really showed me, a straightally of the gay community,
the kind of real animosity these people have toward gays."
"Lezzie" is a derogatory term used to insult lesbians.
Lutz quickly reported the incident to the authorities and filed a
"It is shameful that these professional signature gatherers are
getting paid to attack the civil rights of gays and they even assault
those that disagree with them, they're mercenaries, really" said
Sean Kosofsky, Director of Policy for Triangle Foundation. "We call
on all voters in Michigan to decline to sign any petition regarding
marriage, because it will discriminate against gay and lesbian people.