April 14, 2015 at 11:13 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Florida governor to ‘review’ adoption bill

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A spokesperson for Florida Gov. Rick Scott on April 14, 2015, declined to say whether the Republican would sign a bill that would formally repeal a state law banning gays and lesbians from adopting children.

A spokesperson for Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday declined to say whether the Republican plans to sign a bill that would formally repeal his state’s ban on gays and lesbians from adopting children.

“The governor will review the legislation when it gets to his desk,” said Jeri Bustamante in a short statement she read to the Washington Blade.

Bustamante declined to comment further.

She responded to the Blade’s request for comment on the statute a few hours after the Florida Senate by a 27-11 vote margin approved House Bill 7013 that would revise the state’s adoption laws. The measure contains an amendment introduced by gay state Rep. David Richardson (D-Miami Beach) that would repeal a 1977 law prohibiting gays and lesbians from adopting children.

The Florida House of Representatives last month approved HB 7013 by a 68-50 vote margin.

State officials have not enforced the statute since a state appeals court struck it down in 2010.

Equality Florida, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, on Tuesday launched an online campaign that urges Scott to sign HB 7013 into law.

While it has been legal for gays and lesbians to adopt in Florida for several years, this symbolic action would finally move our state past its Anita Bryant era of discrimination and intolerance,” states Equality Florida in its petition.

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

1 Comment
  • Michael,
    Gov. Rick Scott 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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