"As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children" and "If gays are granted rights, next we'll have to give rights to prostitutes and to people who sleep with St. Bernards and to nail biters."
To this day, gays and lesbians cannot adopt, or marry, in Florida
because of the harpy
known as Anita Bryant. Because of her, the Reagan years and the Religious Right
are still felt.
Thankfully, she fell from grace after a boycott
of Florida Orange Juice, a boycott which many celebrities joined, forced her removal. Bryant's marriage ended in 1980 and has filed for bankruptcy
in recent years, half-forgotten by the public.
there's really no more to say.
but here's some background: she was very against gay people based on really horrible ridiculous reasons. she felt like she was on such a high horse because of her Christianity. her preach was one of many organized religious people: God loves everyone. everyone in the world, including Gay people. he just wants us to get rid of you. he wants us to kill you.
I hate Anita Bryant. Let's cheer against her! Anita, you liar, we'll set your hair on fire! Woo. Ah, it's good to cheer your feelings :]
A co-founder of the Religious Right
- a conservative, Christian, political movement in the United States that began in the late 1970s and continues to the present day.
Politically to the Right of more traditional evangelicals like the Rev. Billy Graham
Led a political crusade against homosexuality
in the late 1970s that killed her career, while simultaneously opening the door for the Moral Majority
- Pat Robertson
and Jerry Falwell
- into mainstream politics.
Bryant is largely responsible for the ascendancy of Ronald Reagan
to the White House in 1980.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Bryant had been a model, a singer and an Florida orange juice spokesperson.
A largely unsung martyr for the Christian Right in the U.S. and arguably the most effective political spokeswoman in the past 30 years.
Anita Bryant turned fear of homosexual child molesters into an artform.
Without Anita Bryant's "Save Our Children" campaign during Jimmy Carter's first term, Carter may have had a chance at a second term.