Anita Bryant and Prop 8: Fighting Gay Rights
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The paper discusses how in 1977, beauty queen and Orange Juice spokesperson Anita Bryant began her religious-themed attack against equal rights for gays- which she spread to raciosm, anti-Semitism and her belief that most minorities, according to her Bible, are doomed to hell. The paper relates that she won anti-gay right legislation in Dade county, which stood for some twenty years. The paper then discusses how last year, the Mormon chuirch contributed millions in favor of Prop 8, overturning the California Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex marriage was legal in California. The paper argues that in both instances, it was misguided religious fervor that stirred homophobia.
From the Paper:"Homophobia is nothing new. But, sometimes the efforts go beyond words and slogans and occasional beatings and so-called "gay bashing" that can result in death, such as occurred in Colorado with the severe beating of Matthew Shepard. However, the most insidious forms of homophobia are those in the guise of legislation and "moral crusades." The recent victory of Proposition 8 in California was ostensibly to overturn the California Supreme Courts decision that same sex marriage was legal. In fact, it was a crusade funded in the millions of dollars by the Mormon Church and its parishioners. "(A) spokeswoman for Yes on 8,...""
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