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In June of 1977, Anita Bryant’s campaign was successful and the ordinance was repealed by a margin of 69 to 31 percent.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