Save Our Children Campaign
In 1977, Dade County passed an ordinance that prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, employment, and public accommodation, protecting the sizable Miami homosexual community. In response, celebrity singer Anita Bryant led a coalition called the Save Our Children Campaign, which was dedicated to repealing the ordinance. The movement was the first organized opposition to the gay rights movement. They mobilized huge numbers of Florida conservatives, and succeeded in repealing the ordinance. Following the campaign’s success, similar campaigns were fought and won in Saint Paul, Eugene, and Wichita.