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Pastor arrested for 'occupying' Holland city hall

9:14 AM, Oct 20, 2011   |    comments
Members of the group "Until Love is Equal", wanted to send a message to city leaders, that the issue is not dying down.
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HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) -- A pastor who says he was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement has been arrested after refusing to leave Holland's city hall in protest of the southwestern Michigan city's decision not to expand its anti-discrimination ordinance.

The Rev. Bill Freeman was taken away in handcuffs late Wednesday. The Holland activist has campaigned for the city to expand the ordinance to include gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.

The Holland Sentinel reports Freeman had wanted to stay at city hall until City Council's June vote leaving the ordinance unchanged was overturned. Freeman says "continuing to allow the discrimination of some people in Holland is a violation of a higher law."

Interim City Manager Greg Robinson said the building had to be closed.


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