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Mitch Perry Report for 6.12.15 — On this LGBT issue, Florida and Rick Scott resist social conservative pressures

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Thirty-eights years after Anita Bryant, Florida no longer officially bans gays from adopting children. Though it’s been legal for such couples to adopt since 2010, Governor Scott signed a bill into law last night that now makes that official.  As you’ll recall, this issue roiled social conservatives in and outside of the Legislature this spring. The inclusion of the amendment by Miami Beach Democrat David Richardson to repeal the state statute on gay adoption (which was ruled unconstitutional by a court in…

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Florida House approves law to allow private agencies to turn away gay couples from adopting

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The Florida House on Thursday passed a measure that would let private agencies that cite religious or moral grounds to turn away gay couples seeking to adopt children. By a 75-38 vote, HB 7111, sponsored by Sanford Republican Jason Brodeur, was passed. Brodeur proposed the legislation only after the House voted last month to repeal the state’s 38-year-old ban on same-sex adoptions from state statute, though gay adoption has been legal since the courts ruled the ban unconstitutional back in 2010. The…

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