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I woke up last week to find our club Menage a Quatre (an on-premise swingers club) in the middle of a media firestorm. Toronto councillor Mark Grimes had convinced city council to pass a resolution requiring city staff to look for ways to shut us down. Never mind that the licences we hold were legally obtained; never mind that our club is so discreetly located that, unless you know the exact location, you wouldn't know the club existed.

Elected officials have an obligation to protect the rights not only of the majority but the minority as well.

Just as in free speech, unpopular but legal lifestyles are entitled to the full protection of the law. Democracy works best when the lawful rights of the minority are enforced with the same vigour as those of the majority. We hope that the city remains true to this principle.

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