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Anita Bryant's Save Our Children Campaign In Wichita, Kansas 1978

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Published on Jun 22, 2010

It was the late 70's and gay Americans were facing their biggest challenge, a former pitch woman made famous by Florida oranges. Anita Bryant and her Save Our Children organization had just worked to overturn a Cvil Rights ordinance in Miami-Dade County, which prevented discrimination against gays. Her next target would be Wichita, Kansas. "If homosexuals were allowed their civil rights, then so would prostitutes, thieves, or anyone else," Bryant said back in 1977. Wichita had just passed an ordinance in 1977 similar to the one in Miami. It would be an ordinance Bryant and some local pastors would challenge to a citywide vote. "We knew that it wasn't going to be pretty," said Bruce McKinney a Wichita gay rights activist. McKinney helped pass the original ordinance, and would find himself not only facing Bryant but a barrage of national media. "Voters in Wichita, Kansas will go to the polls tomorrow to decide whether to repeal their law that bars discrimination against homosexuals," a broadcaster said during a network newscast in 1978.

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