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Miami Candidate Shirley Gibson Thinks Human Rights Are Too Expensive

Like everywhere else, Miami’s Dade County is feeling the pinch of a sour economy. But Shirley Gibson, who is running for the county commission has an interesting suggestion for cutting costs: She wants a cost review of Miami Dade County’s human-rights and domestic-partnership ordinances, according to South Florida blogger Steve Rothaus.

The measures protect LGBT residents from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations—and establish a registry for same-sex partners, allowing county employees to share employment benefits with their significant others.

Gibson, a Democrat and current mayor of Miami Gardens, made the statement after receiving an endorsement from the right-wing hate group the Christian Family Coalition, which the Miami New Times claimed has “taken the reigns of Anita Bryant’s Miami anti-gay crusade.”

We suppose it could be worse: Gibson said she wouldn’t “initiate” a repeal of the ordinances. But SAVE Dade, the region’s leading LGBT rights group, can read between the lines: “To seek a cost review of the ordinances is code for ‘How do we remove protections from the LGBT community of Miami Dade County?'”said SAVE Dade director C.J. Ortuno. “The ordinances are essential in safeguarding [us] from discrimination.”

How you like them oranges, Shirley?