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Miami Dade Democrat Shirley Gibson Seeks “Cost Review” Of Human Rights Ordinance After Anti-Gay Endorsement

Miami’s Dade County Florida is in the Gay Hall of Shame again.

This time because of “supposed” Democrat Shirley Gibson (pictured left) who is running for the county commission who is interested in a cost review of Miami  Dade County’s human-rights and domestic-partnership ordinances after she received an endorsement from the right-wing hate group the Christian Family Coalition,  which the Miami  New Times  refers to as “taken the reigns of Anita Bryant’s Miami  anti-gay crusade.”

Miami  Dade County’s human-rights and domestic-partnership ordinances currently protect LGBT residents from discrimination in housing, employment and  public accommodations—and establish a registry for same-sex partners, allowing  county employees to share employment benefits with their significant others.

Gibson, currently the Mayor of Miami Gardens is running to unseat Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan a long time supporter of the LGBT community.

Statement by CJ Ortuno, Executive Director SAVE Dade

“Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson’s statement that she would seek a cost review of Miami Dade County’s Human Rights and Domestic Partnership Ordinances but would not ‘initiate’ repeal is a clear indication on her part to appease the conservative groups in which she has received an endorsement. Mayor Gibson actions seem desperate in this difficult election against incumbent and SAVE Dade endorsed Commissioner Barbara Jordan, who has stood with the LGBT community since she was elected to office.”

“To seek a cost review of the ordinances is code for how do we remove protections from the LGBT community of Miami Dade County. The ordinances are essential in safeguarding the LGBT community from discrimination in housing, the workplace, and in their relationships. SAVE Dade is committed to protecting the ordinance and will continue to combat anti-LGBT actions by endorsing and electing pro-equality candidates.”

I’ve said it loudly many times on this site before.

When the religious arguments begin to fail against LGBT Equality begin to fail they will begin to use fiscal arguments.  ANYTHING to deny us our rights.

Who would have ever thought that THIS would be the face of Anita Bryant in 2012?


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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