Following the overwhelming rejection last month of a gay-rights ordinance by Dade County (Miami) voters, groups on both sides of the controversy began laying plans for similar battles in other cities.

“We’re going to set up in Washington next to fight gay proposals before Congress,” declared Robert Brake, co-founder with singer Anita Bryant of Save Our Children (SOC), the group that led the opposition to the ordinance in Miami. “We’ll advise and help any anti-gay group in the country that invites us in,” he said. He said there were already inquiries from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and San Antonio.

“We got beaten badly in the battle here, but the war is just beginning,” commented John W. Campbell, chairman of Coalition for Human Rights, a Miami homosexual group. “We’re coming out of Miami with national unity and momentum,” he added.

The vote in Miami was impressive: 202,319 for repeal and 89,562 against. The ordinance, which guaranteed equal-employment and other rights to homosexuals, was passed in January by the Dade County Commission in a 5 to 3 vote. The people, said Miss Bryant, “have voted to repeal an obnoxious assault on our moral values.” Other prominent names figured in the repeal crusade (among them: Florida governor Reuben Askew and Chicago Cubs coach Alvin Dark, both evangelical Christians), but Miss Bryant was considered the leader. In a series of lectures and concerts, she helped raise almost $200,000 for SOC’s campaign.

Pastor William Chapman of Northwest Baptist Church, where Miss Bryant and her family attend, introduced her at a press conference after the voting results were announced. She is the homosexual movement’s “greatest foe,” said Chapman, “but we simply know her as a Christian, as a mother, ...

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