Nation: Voting Against Gay Rights

A backlash against growing tolerance

Our community could become a hanven for practicing homosexuals, lesbians, prostitutes and pimps," said one pamphlet distributed by the Concerned Citizens for Community Standards of Wichita, Kans. Another warned: "There is a real danger that homosexual teachers, social workers or counselors, simply by public acknowledgment of their lifestyles, can encourage sexual deviation in children." These and other fearful concerns—widely circulated in a $50,000 publicity campaign—helped produce a dramatic result last week in Wichita voting booths. By a ratio of almost 5 to 1 (47,246 to 110.005), citizens...

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