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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wednesday, June S, 1977

.

Dade County repeals gay rights Young draws fire

MIAMI 1/4, - A controversial law prohibiting
liscrimination against homosexuals in housing and
smployment was repealed in a special Dade
'ounty election yesterday.
With 172 of 446 precincts reporting, there were
'9,393 votes for repeal of the law and 33,626 votes
igainst repeal. A simple majority decides the
issue, which has drawn international attention as
the focal point of the gay rights movement.
"Anita Bryant danced a jig," when she learned
he election results, said Mike Thompson, a
spokesman far Save Our Children, which fought
The law.
"I'M HERE to spread the word that Dade
County has been a loving community before and
I hope it will be a loving community tomorrow,"
said Ruth Shack, the county commissioner who
sponsored the law. "I'm worried about emptional
violence and physical violence"
"We'll continue fromh here. We've unified the
;ay community and brought national attention
r) the issue," said Jack Campbell, leader of the
tomosexual campaign to save the ordinance. He
'poke at the Fontaineblean Hotel on Miami Reach,
here more than UKt persons had gathered for a
oy rights election night party.
Similar laws are on the books in about 40 other
omosunities around the nation and in several

other countries, but the Dade County law became
the battleground of gay rights.
TIE ISSUE took on national scope in January
when singer Anita Bryant showed up at a county
commission meeting to speak out against pass-
age of the proposal. Ironically, the law was pro-
posed by Commissioner Ruth Shack, whose hus-
band is one of Miss Bryant's promoters.
The law was passed, 5-3, and Miss Bryant
formed Save Our Children, Inc., to fight for re-
peal. The group gained more than 50,000 signa-
tures on petitions, forcing the commission to either
rescind the law or put it to a public vote. The
commission voted 6-3 against repeal and an
election was ordered.
Save Our Children started a news campaign
charging that the law was immoral and ungodly.
The group said the law would allow homosexuals
to teach in private schools and flaut their life-
styles.
"IF SUCH A male teacher were to show up in
the classroom wearing a dress, that ... behavior
could not even be reprimanded," the group
charged.
Homosexuals argued that repeal of the law
posed a threat to all minorities and broadcast
television ads showing the U.S. Constitution being
torn up.

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on racism remarks

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A P P E A R I N G .before
the House International Rela-
tions Committee, Young extend-
ed the racist description to for-
mer Presidents John Kennedy
and Lyndon Johnson as well.
But he said he didn't intend it
to apply to the personal char-
acter of any of the chief execu-
tives.
Racism, he said, is "a kind
of insensitivity to the problems
of race and culture, but it is a
eery unfortunate term."
Young told the committee
that in his interview with Play-
boy magazine, he had referred
to Ford and Nixon as racists
"in the context of why we might
have neglected Africa . . . the
question is whether it was a
.

part of the formulation of our
foreign policy."
AFTER THE Capitol hearing
Young told reporters he used
the word racist in a sense that
might apply to almost every-
body.
One reporter asked is that
incloded Abraham Lincoln?
"Especially Abraham Lin-
coln. The ambassador said:
"Don't pay any attention to
that at all."
Pressed firther, Yuog said
that by racism he meant in
sensitivity common. to mans
peonle in the 20th centurv-that
most people who lived in the
20th centurv couldn't avoid he-
in" "contaminated" by it.
Hle said he had forovtte that
Abriham Lincoln had not lii v
in the 20th century hot added
"You had a few racial prob
lems in his time,"
ASKED IF he had. offered
Carter his resignation, Young
replied: "No, I didn't." But he
added: "Im not depending oi
my friendship with Carter to
keen my ,ob."
tIe said Carter knew that
anytine he thinks Young is not
doing his job "in the interest of
this nation" the President can
have his resignation. "Ie ap-
preciates the job I'm doing
that I'm assigned to do."
Young said. "I don't have any
problems."
Asked whether he thought his
remarks damaged Carter, the
ambassador replied: "No, I
don't think so."
Young's reference to presi.
dential racism continued to
draw strong protests from Re-
publicans. Seconding GOP Na-
tional C h a i r m a n William
Brock's demand that Young be
fired, Sen. Barry Goldwater.
(R-Ariz.), said after a White
House meeting yesterday that
the one-time black civil rights
activist should never have been
given the U.N. post.
HE SAID Young was putting
"both hands, both feet and his
hat" in his mouth at the same
time, and added, "I don't like
anybody, black or white or
brown, running around the
world telling the world how
they're supposed to run their
countries or the world. That's
their business, not ours."
In the House hearing - ca-
ed to receive Young's report on
his recent tour of African coun-
tries - Rep. William Broom-
field, (R-Mic.) said the refer-
ence to Ford as racist was "an
insult to a very great man,"
deserving of an apology.
Broomfield, who was joined
in an expression of "concern"
by Rep. Clement Zablocki, (t-
Wis.), chairman of the panel,
said he was happy that Carter
had disavowed the comment
because "it isn't healthy for
bipartisan foreign policy."
RUT FOR the most part
Young was applauded by is
former House colleagues for his
performance as U. S. envoy to
the world body, and for his
outspokenness on international
issues, particularly in Mrica.
Young said earlier he wanted
to meet with Carter to tell him
that if the President differs with
his statements, he should treat
Young as an ambassador, not
as a friend.
Asked by a reporter whether
being treated as an ambassa-
dor didn't mean he should avoid
statements that are controver-
sial or conflict with policy,
Young replied ('No, I don't think
that requires anything on liy
part"

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