Community members demand change after Berkley councilman opposes Pride block party

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BERKLEY, Mich. – Community members are demanding action Monday night after a Berkley councilman opposed the city’s upcoming Pride party, saying he has deep religious beliefs that homosexuality is wrong .

Councilor Dennis Hennen was the only member to vote no on allowing a pride month Block Party.

Hennen explained his no by saying he had deep religious beliefs that homosexuality was wrong.

He went on to say that he was not homophonic because “he felt the same way about all kinds of sins”.

These comments enraged the LGBTQ community and its allies, who came out to Berkley Town Hall Monday (June 20) evening to demand his resignation.

Before the standing crowd took the microphone, Hennen apologized.

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“I have to learn to speak with more compassion, to reach out to more people when making decisions, and to separate my religious views from government policies,” Hennen said. “Again, I’m sorry.”

The apologies did not quell the anger of the crowd.

“It’s hard to grasp what you meant when you compared our lives and our love to all kinds of sin,” Jess Worrall said. “We are happy that you now recognize that our community will not tolerate the hatred of our government, but the harm you have caused is not so easily undone.”

Hennen has been repeatedly asked to step down, and some have said they would consider a recall.

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