New Bill In Florida To Limit Gay Couples From Adoption

New Bill In Florida To Limit Gay Couples From Adoption

Lawmakers in Florida have approved a measure that will allow private adoption agencies in Florida to refuse to let gay couples in the area adopt children. The bill passed the Florida House 75-38 and will work by preventing the state from revoking the license or refusing funding to an adoption agency that may have refused to let a gay couple have the right to adopting a child on religious or moral grounds. A lot of supporters of the bill say that the measure was very necessary in order to keep faith-based adoption agencies open. Earlier this week, the state Senate of Florida had passed a different bill that was to eliminate the ban on gay adoption from the state law. This meant that gay couples were now able to adopt children from adopting agencies, but the new bill creates a measure that will let adoption agencies decide whether to approve the adoption to the gay couples or not, depending on their faith and moral values.

The Senate measure was seen as largely symbolic because the third district court of appeal ruled that Florida ban on gay adoption was unconstitutional in 2010. State Representative, Jason Brodeur the bill’s sponsor told the press that, they had seen in other states agencies that refused to adopt children to gay couples being shut down. He added that he does not support the state to discriminate against the agencies because of their moral or rather religious beliefs. He went ahead to state that the press that the law was not discriminatory because gay couples can still go to non-religious or state based adoption agencies.

The Democrats have also introduced several amendments that would have prohibited discrimination that is based on factors like sexual affiliation, race and gender. None of the bills have been passed so far; this is according to Tampa Bay Times. John Stemberger, the president of  Florida Policy Council told the press that, yes, they would like to discriminate between what was in the best interest of the child and what is not in the best interest of the particular child. He went ahead to state that, what was clear with research was that what was best for the children is its best to have both mothers and fathers.

Opponents of the bill made comparisons of this particular bill with that of Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana, and said that it has permitted discrimination against potential LGBT parents and didn’t have the best interest of children at heart.

Michelle Richardson the Public Policy Director of ACLU of Florida said in a statement that, “when adoption agencies choose to accept public tax dollars to find families for the children in the foster care system, they should be required to make placements decisions based on the best interest of the children, not the agencies religious beliefs, he added that, to allow the agencies willingness to discriminate to trump the needs of the children the state has hired the to care for not only shocks the conscience but is also unconstitutional.”

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