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?