In light of this action, the executive believes that the legislation before you today is not necessary.
Many were shocked to hear this. While Williams did create the office through an Executive Order, he previously stated he wanted legislation on the issue. His comments earlier this year in Metro Weekly:
MW: The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance has opposed making the office statutory, and the office in general, saying that it attempts to make activism into a tool of the administration.
WILLIAMS: I think that's a ridiculous point of view and I strongly disagree with it. For example, the environment. In every administration you would want an office of environment. You would want a level of attention to the environment. You would want a level of access by people who are active in the environment to the administration. You would want an environmental agenda at a high level within the administration. At the same time, that would not preclude activism outside of the administration, oversight of the administration, agitation [on environmental issues] and everything else.
The same thing would go for the lesbian and gay community.... Just because I have a high level office doesn't mean that I'm trying to co-op the GLAA. As a matter of fact, I respect people who oppose me, I respect people who boo me. I sometimes think they ought to let me speak before they boo but that's part of American democracy. But chill out a little bit. I'm not trying to co-op active dissent and opposition. I'm trying to respect the community.
So what changed your mind Mr. Mayor? You're not actually falling to the pressure of Bob Summersgill and the paranoid and outdated GLAA, are you?
We deserve some answers!