David Caton Plans Ending Miami Protective Ordinance
Tampa-Based 'Family Association' to Launch Petition
By Jack Nichols
Caton's organization seeks, he says, to rescind Dade's 1998 ordinance—passed by the Miami-Dade Commission and which protects gay males and lesbians from discrimination. The Miami Herald, now under a new editorial chief who was formerly with the New York Times, spoke out vehemently against David Caton's plans.
Quoting Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss, identified as a politician who had " the guts and integrity to support the (gay) human-rights ordinance" a year ago, The Herald staff wrote: "Discrimination is discrimination, no matter where you find it.'' (December 16).
Miami Beach activist Bob Kunst says David Caton hopes to be an Anita Bryant in male drag throughout the politically-charged year of 2000.
Kunst, who founded The Oral Majority, challenged Florida's Family Association director to an immediate debate over what he called Caton's "sinister attempts to bring more 'hate' into Miami-Dade," and indicated he thought these attempts could be used to highlight the less compassionate side of Republican Party politics in the 2000 elections.
Kunst relished, he said, exciting opportunities to discuss the very issue—"porno addiction"— which had originally catapulted Caton into the camp of the Christian Reich. "His problem with porno," Kunst suggested in a flippant foray into pop psychology, "is the tip of the iceberg of 'the real Caton', we're delighted to expose."
He reminded the Florida Family Association of what had happened to the Rev. Garnicki, leader of Miami-Dade's anti-gay opposition in 1998. "He is now in jail for 30 years for 'raping' a 15 year old girl parishioner in his congregation."