December 7, 1976: Dade County Ordinance
Join us as we celebrate and honor key moments, figures, and accomplishments in the history of Log Cabin Republicans.
December 7, 1976
Dade County Commissioner Ruth Shack proposed an ordinance protecting individual rights, regardless of sexuality, for employment, housing, and public services. The ordinance was approved on January 18, 1977. After several years of advances for the cause of gay and lesbian rights, a backlash was building.
Singer Anita Bryant led the “Save Our Children” campaign with the support of local and outside leaders to overturn the ordinance.
On April 6, 1978, the Oklahoma Senate unanimously passed a bill that permitted school boards to fire gay teachers. (Log Cabin Republicans)