Editors' Note: Guest blogger Will Kohler is a freelance writer and activist from Cincinnati, Ohio. Will blogs at Back2Stonewall.com.
Bob Green, was a onetime radio DJ who married pop Miss Oklahoma and orange juice spokesman Anita Bryant, managed her career and then followed her into anti-gay activism - which ultimately destroyed their careers and marriage. For more than 30 years Green lived alone full of hate and resentment blaming gays for all of his problems. Green was found dead Jan. 26 at his home in Miami Beach. He was 80.
In 1977, Mr. Green and Bryant led a successful effort to repeal Miami-Dade County's newly passed gay rights ordinance, Bryant out front and the tall, handsome Green behind the scenes, as he had been when he managed her singing career...
Flush with victory in Miami-Dade, the couple founded Anita Bryant Ministries, which offered "deprogramming" and halfway houses for gays and a lecture series called "Design for Successful Living," aimed at battling divorce...
In 1980, Bryant filed for divorce, a scandal in the Christian circles where she'd been revered. Mr. Green begged her to reconcile in an open letter: "Let us both put aside all other earthly considerations and reunite in Christian love."Bryant wasn't interested. She told People magazine: "Divorce is against everything I believe in. I wanted to save my marriage, but I decided that was not the route to go."
The following year, she told a woman's magazine that the marriage "was never much good to begin with" and hinted that both had been unfaithful.
In 2007, Mr. Green told the Miami Herald that he blamed gay people for the turmoil in his life because "their stated goal was to put [Bryant] out of business and destroy her career. And that's what they did. It's unfair."
No one should ever celebrate the death of another but in Bob Greene's case (and the eventual upcoming of Anita Bryant's) its a very hard thing not to do.