“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.