She was only following her conscience.
Anita Bryant was the outspoken pop-singer, spokes model for the Florida Orange Juice industry, former 2nd runner-up Miss America, Christian fundamentalist wife and mom from Florida who began a campaign to repeal a Dade County ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. She won the campaign and the ordinance was repealed, but she lost everything in the process, and together with Jerry Falwell and the Silent Majority, inadvertently did more for gay rights and same-sex marriage than anyone could have imagined.
Anita Bryant's career and private life was essentially destroyed because she opposed 'gay power'. She became the butt of jokes and derogatory sit-com dialog, and after divorcing her first husband, she found herself rejected by her church. If you look at what she said however, it isn't all that different from what we who oppose gay marriage say today:
"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." - SourceBryant's campaign brought the libs out in droves in support of gay rights and equality; pop stars, movie stars, politicians, business, academia, liberals of all stripes. Anita Bryant represented the repressive Bible-banger religious right, Good Christian
Repeals happen. Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed. Rumour has it Obama is discussing the possibility of repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, not that it is up to him to do. Of course he used to be for it, just like he was against same-sex marriage at one time. But politicians only go where the wind blows:
Supporters of the Democratic Party will credit Obama as a fighter for LGBT equality, but the real credit belongs to the tireless efforts of advocates and activists for LGBT rights over the years, as well as the bravery of millions of LGBT people who have come out to family, friends and coworkers, and who have spoken up against discrimination. - SourceMedia and lefty-celebrities and pop-culture run the show. I think Obama was on The View this week. Maybe Glee will be his next stop.
BTW: Anita Bryant deserves an apology.