TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) —A bill, ready for a House vote, would allow private adoption agencies to use religious and/or moral reasons to deny gay couples wanting to adopt children.READ MORE: Made Of 400-Year-Old Cedar, Touring Totem Pole Makes For Unique Ceremony In Palmetto Bay
The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill Thursday after emotional testimony that compared the legislation to Indiana’s new religious objections law.READ MORE: Regulators Get Input On FPL Rate Hike Proposal
The bill (HB 7111) was filed after the House voted to strip a gay adoption ban from state law, which upset social conservatives. Republican Rep. Jason Brodeur said if gay couples want to adopt, they can go to the Department of Children and Families or a private agency that don’t have a problem with it.
Democratic Rep. Dave Kerner said the gay adoption ban was unconstitutional, and if agencies want to discriminate against gays, they shouldn’t be in the business.MORE NEWS: Authorities Identify Driver, Victims In Fatal Wilton Manors Crash
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