CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 08, 1978
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(Studio) Referenda on ballots in 38 states noted; among issues were: tax relief and spending limitations; legalized gambling in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia; right to work bill in Missouri; North Dakota's proposed move to limit health costs; California's votes on smoking in public and death penalty crimes; Oregon decision on reinstatement of death penalty; and gay rights issues in Dade Cnty., Florida, Seattle, WA, and in California.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(San Francisco, California) Californians' defeat of prop. 6, authored by state sen. John Briggs, which would have allowed homosexual teachers or those supporting gay rights to be fired, reported Celebration of gays in San Francisco and Briggs' pledge to try again stated. [BRIGGS - says battle isn't over.] Reaction of gay school teacher Larry Berner, who had debated with Briggs during campaign, to vote described. [BERNER - says this is message to gays to come out of closets. Says that is how they won vote, by talking to neighbors and friends and being accepted as human beings.] Opposition to Briggs' move by labor, religious groups and pols. from President Carter to Ronald Reagan noted.
REPORTER: Barry Petersen
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