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Anti-Gay History Repeats Itself: Miami-Dade Rejects Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy Torture

 

In 1977, Dade County Florida tried to pass an ordinance that would forbid discrimination, due to sexual orientation. “Christian” Florida Orange Juice spokeswoman Anita Bryant was outraged at this. She said that homosexuals could not reproduce on their own and therefore were trying to push their “lifestyle” as an acceptable alternative to recruit children for their ranks. So she started a campaign called “Save Our Children” to rally support to stop the ordinance from passing. She teamed up with the likes of Jerry Falwell to organize a rebellion against gay rights.

In June of 1977, Anita Bryant’s campaign was successful and the ordinance was repealed by a margin of 69 to 31 percent.

Now today Miami-Dade County Florida has created another footnote for itself in anti-LGBT history  by rejecting a ban on harmful gay conversion therapy for minors saying it’s too intrusive on a family’s right to make decisions for their child.

The Miami Herald reports:

The 4 to 7 vote followed hours of public testimony, most of it from opponents of the proposed ordinance by Commissioner Sally Heyman. Supporters wanted Miami-Dade to join a list of local governments banning the discredited practice of trying to change a child’s sexual orientation, but critics saw the ordinance as so broadly worded that it could ensnare a pastor’s sermon or a parent expressing concerns about a child’s choices on sexual activity.

The spirit of Anita Bryant lives on.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and 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 in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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