Janice Daniels, the newly installed mayor of Troy, Michigan, is facing calls to resign after criticizing New York's decision to legalize gay marriage, Mlive.com reported.

Daniels, a Tea Party favorite, wrote in a June 25 Facebook status update: “I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”

After defending her right to speak out on the issue, Daniels quietly deleted the status.

“I firmly support marriage as being defined as between one man and one woman and I am not going to change my position,” she said in a statement. “The groups that despise me are digging deep to try to find something to worry about. They probably should start worrying about how they can best work with a new mayor who believes that we live in a free country and we all have first amendment rights to speak our minds on any and all issues that are before us.”

A planned Monday protest at Troy City Hall against Daniels is being organized by a group of Troy High School students on Facebook. Demonstrators are expected to rally from 3PM to 11:30PM. The Troy City Council is scheduled to meet at 7:30PM.