Local civil rights leaders and politicians are turning up the heat on Phoenix City Councilman Michael Nowakowski, calling on him to resign from office immediately. Nowakowski has ignited outrage after he was seen in a video criticizing same-sex marriage and the right of transgender people to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

Not only did LGBT community leaders demand that he step down, but the leader of his own Democratic party said he was done with him for now. Jon Ryder, the executive director of the Maricopa County Democratic Party, joined the chorus of those saying it’s time for Nowakowski to leave office. Nowakowski, who also works for the Cesar Chavez Foundation, a civil rights group, had publicly supported gay marriage and anti-discrimination measures. READ MORE