March 12, 2015 at 3:44 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Fla. House approves bill to repeal gay adoption ban

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The Florida House of Representatives on March 11, 2015, approved a bill that would repeal a state law banning gays and lesbians from adopting children.

The Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would repeal the state’s statutory ban on gays and lesbians from adopting children.

Lawmakers by a 68-50 vote margin approved House Bill 7013 that seeks to revise Florida’s adoption laws.

Gay state Rep. David Richardson (D-Miami Beach) introduced an amendment to HB 7013 that would repeal a 1977 law prohibiting gays and lesbians from adopting children. Florida officials have not enforced the statute since a state appeals court struck it down in 2010.

“All people who want to adopt should be judged the same way, with the best interests of children foremost,” said Richardson in a statement that Equality Florida, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, released after the vote. “My amendment ensures that all suitable adoptive parents are able to offer loving homes and the support of a permanent family. I’m glad to have worked with my colleagues in the House to make this change.”

Same-sex couples have been able to legally marry in Florida since January.

Attorney General Pam Bondi — a twice-divorced Republican — in her unsuccessful attempt to block gays and lesbians from marrying in the Sunshine State insisted that children raised by a mother and a father are better off than those raised by same-sex parents.

“The promotion of family continuity and stability is a legitimate state interest,” said Bondi in a May 2014 court filing. “Florida’s marriage laws, then, have a close, direct and rational relationship to society’s legitimate interest in increasing the likelihood that children will be born to and raised by the mothers and fathers who produced them in stable and enduring family units.”

HB 7013 will now go before the Florida Senate.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

4 Comments
  • Biondi twice divorced protecting marriage from gays and now having a shit-fit re gays adopting

    She's now living with another BF She really needs to read leviticus and do us all a favor – wonder if she was a virgin or whore when she got married the first time

    To bad there isnt a way to do a penile englargement test on her –

  • may there is measure the natural lubricant dripping from her vag when she sees lesbians muff diving

  • BTW with the regenerus report done by right wing extremist witherspoon think tank thoughly debunked, here is the most comprehensive check on gay parenting -about 500 couples in australia. WHEN THIS STUDY CAME OUT MOST OF THE BS ABOUT GAYS PARENTING DISAPPEARED FROM THE WEB

    re THE HORRID BIONDI, ITS TIME FOR HER TO BE STERILIZED AND DETONGUEIZED

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/07/children-of-same-sex-couples-are-happier-and-healthier-than-peers-research-shows/

  • Mr. Lavers:

    Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) just signed this bill earlier today (Thr6-11-2015), but your online news paper, The Washington Blade, did not do news coverage of the Governor signing this bill (CS/HB-7013) into law. In case you forgot, many right-wing conservatives, such as myself, strongly lobbied the governor to sign this bill into law, because, while we have a conservative agenda (and many of us, myself included, oppose SSM), this does not include hate or bigotry.

    We are genuinely angry at the bigots within our ranks (even if well-meaning, they are wrong).

    On my namesake blog, aka “The Register,” another online newspaper, you may see the great lengths to which I have gone to oppose hate and prejudice, and I am glad that the governor finally signed into law this bill, which formally removes the ban on gay adoptions.

    Gordon Wayne Watts
    Lakeland, Fla., USA

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