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Gay Rights / Oregon Vote #257969

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 22, 1978
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(Studio) Upcoming homosexual rights vote in Eugene, OR, noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Eugene, OR) Report on campaigns for and against repeal of Eugene's ordinance prohibiting discrimination against homosexuals; low-key efforts here contrasted to those led by Anita Bryant in Miami, and others in Saint Paul and Wichita. Films shown; anti-gay rights radio commercial played. Efforts to repeal law by group called Voice of the People outlined. [Voice spokesperson Larry DEAN - says discrimination against homosexuals has never been proven on broad base.] [Citizens for Human Rights spokesperson Larry MONICAL - says ordinance protects gays who are fired or evicted because of their status.] Homosexuals' efforts in Eugene to show residents they are "normal people." [MONICAL - says there is no more a "homosexual lifestyle" than there is a "heterosexual lifestyle."] [Eugene resident Jane GUSTAFSON - thinks it would have been Adam and George, if God intended homosexuality.] Possibility for similar vote to come up in San Francisco or other cities with such laws, if gays lose in OR, noted. [San Francisco city supervisor Harvey MILK - compares potential for violence among homosexuals to that finally resorted to by blacks in American]
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

Cronkite, Walter;
Kladstrup, Don

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