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Anti-Gay Movement / Wichita #54153

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 08, 1978
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(Studio) Upcoming votes in Wichita, Kansas and Eugene, OR, to repeal ordinances preventing discrimination against homosexuals. Apparent snowballing movement in this direction across country noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Wichita, Kansas) Anti-gay movement, begun in Dade Cnty., Florida, and led by singer Anita Bryant, examined; similar vote in Saint Paul, Minnesota, mentioned. Details of issue in Wichita given. [Concerned Citizens spokesperson Reverend Ron ADRIAN - intros. self as pastor of Glenville Baptist Church in Wichita. Calls for people to vote for repeal of ordinance.] [Concerned Citizens spokesperson Rev. Michael SHEPIS - believes such ordinance, unless repealed, elevates deviant lifestyle to level of social acceptability; thinks this will reduce level of community standards.] [Gay activist Robert LEWIS - cites civil rights side of issue.] Campaign for law by heterosexuals in Wichita as guarantee of civil rights reported [Wichita Mayor Connie PETERS - is thankful vote doesn't concern civil rights of blacks, women, Chicanos, aged, etc., because isn't sure how that would come out in voting.] Expected repeal of law in Wichita and mins.' plans to carry crusade to other areas of country noted.
REPORTER: Ron Miller

Miller, Ron;
Reasoner, Harry

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