Anita Bryant had been a successful entertainer, singer, beauty pageant winner ,the Orange Bowl Parade commentator for NBC for nine years, until she "came out of the closet" to fight the radical homosexual agenda.
NBC quickly dumped her and hired Rita Moreno, who had always been sympathetic towards homosexuals, and had starred in the first widely-distributed major movie about homosexuality, The Ritz. Time Magazine, in its August 30, 1976 issue, flatly labeled it "a gay movie."
In 1977, Dade County, Florida, passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. She led a successful and highly publicized campaign to repeal the ordinance "Save Our Children" was her groups name. The campaign was based on conservative religious beliefs and common morals .They perceived the threat of homosexual indoctrination and recruitment of children as well as the risks of child molestation.
What these people really want, hidden behind obscure legal phrases, is the legal right to propose to our children that theirs is an acceptable alternate way of life. [...] I will lead such a crusade to stop it as this country has not seen before.
Save Our Children undertook a campaign against the Gay Agenda that became nationwide in scope.
Anita Bryant during the course of the campaign is quoted as saying ' As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children. If gays are granted rights, next we'll have to give rights to prostitutes and to people who sleep with St. Bernards'