HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The gay rights debate is an issue in Holland's City Council election. At least one candidate running against an incumbent says it's the governments responsibility to protect everyone's rights.
Two years ago the Holland City Council voted 5 to 4 against against adding gays, lesbians, and transgender people to the city's anti-discrimination policy.
It's been a hot button issue ever since. City Council member Brian Burch, voted against the measure calling it unnecessary, while still saying he supports gay rights. But his challenger, Richard Burlingame says that's not acceptable, and is running for Burch's seat. Both were asked how they would vote on the issue if it came up again.
Brian Burch says, "Hundreds of people are talking about this, going to our neighbors and taking a stand, organizations are doing good work, Holland is Ready, I think a law would put an end to all of that.
Richard Burlingame says, "Truly believe we need to include the language, sexual orientation, into our civil rights law. It will cover all of us, and that's what a civil rights law is for. It makes sure we are all protected. It's a no brainer. We can't be equal until we are all equal."
In Grand Rapids there is already a law that covers sexual orientation. The election is Tuesday November 5th.