Old Tropes on Homosexuality Never Fade

Anita Bryant's quote against the 1977 human-rights ordinanceFrom the blog site Joe. My. God comes this meme post from 38 years ago.

Some background from South Florida Pride’s website:

In 1977, Florida’s Dade County (now Miami-Dade County) passed a human-rights ordinance that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In response to this, Bryant led a highly publicized campaign to repeal the ordinance. The campaign was waged based on “Christian beliefs regarding the sinfulness of homosexuality and the perceived threat of “homosexual recruitment” of children and child molestation.”

Indeed, the concerns over homosexual recruitment of children inspired the name of Bryant’s political organization, Save Our Children. Among Bryant’s assertions during the campaign were “As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children. On June 7, 1977, Bryant’s campaign led to a repeal of the anti-discrimination ordinance by a margin of 69 to 31 percent.

While Ms. Bryant’s words may not be used today in their exact quotation, those who are beginning to marry in Florida and in other states where their is still opposition to marriage equality, will find the meaning familiar as the not-procreating is still an argument used against equality.

See the original blog post (with screen capture of the front page of the June 1977 Miami Herald)

Read more about the 1977 repeal of the human-rights ordinance

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