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Women of Achievement presentation sparks controversy


KALAMAZOO  (WKZO) --  Anger and disappointment at this year’s Women of Achievement Awards after it was revealed that three local state lawmakers declined to sign a state resolution saluting one of the award winners.

Mayor Bobby Hopewell says it was clearly discrimination, because they signed the others but they did not hers because she had worked to ease the lives of gays, lesbians and transgendered students at WMU.  

Rep. Sean McCann, who sponsored the resolutions says he has only heard about one case of a lawmaker refusing to sign one before, but he didn't want to speculate about their reasons. 

The other winners each got a resolution signed by the entire delegation. But the proclamation for Stangl, the former director of LGBT Student Services at WMU was only signed by McCann and Governor Rick Snyder.

Mayor Hopewell says it’s become a terribly partisan world when this kind of thing occurs.

The three lawmakers who signed all the others, but not Stangl's resolution are Tonya Schuitmaker, Margaret O’Brien and Jace Bolger.