Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll
Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll
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Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is putting her money where her mouth is when it comes to her decision to terminate the city’s contract with Gordon College.

The announcement came last week, after Gordon President Michael Lindsay joined other religious college leaders in signing a letter sent to Pres. Barack Obama that demanded exemptions from federal anti-gay discrimination regulations. Driscoll said local ordinances prohibited the city from working with “entities that maintain discriminatory practices.”

Since then, the city has been inundated with “over 50” phone calls from locals and out-of-towners alike who are upset about the proposal, Driscoll wrote in a message to residents.

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“Apparently, Glenn Beck is not happy about the City’s stance terminating our contract with Gordon College,” Driscoll wrote in a post on her Facebook wall, noting that the decision had been covered by “right-leaning blogs and websites.”

In response, Driscoll told constituents she would be donating $5 for each out-of-town phone call she receives in protest of the decision to the North Shore North Shore Alliance of Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth—and urged residents to join her.

“I will be sharing this letter via social media and asking folks online to join in by making their own contributions,” Driscoll wrote in a letter to the organization’s president. “I hope these donations, made as a direct result of the persistence of those who would deny LGBT citizens their equal rights, will help you in growing and strengthening your organization.”

So far, the post has received nearly 700 shares and 1,400 likes.

Readers interested in learning more about the group or participating in the fundraiser can check out their website.