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Governor Signs Bill Lifting Ban on Gay Adoptions

PHOTO: The ban on gay adoptions was repealed in Florida on Thursday. Photo credit:Courtney Ortiz/Equality Florida
PHOTO: The ban on gay adoptions was repealed in Florida on Thursday. Photo credit:Courtney Ortiz/Equality Florida
June 12, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Thursday that lifts the state's ban on adoption by gay parents. It officially repeals House Bill 7013, which was declared unconstitutional by a state appeals court in 2010.

Hannah Willard, a field organizer for Equality Florida, said the ban was unfair.

"This is a historic day for LBGT Floridians," she said. "So many same-sex couples are raising children, have families - and for our families to be fully respected and protected in Florida is crucial. It's very exciting."

The governor said he believes the law protects religious agencies that refuse to allow adoptions by same-sex couples, but he called on the Legislature to pass a bill supporting that.

Willard is encouraged that the bill passed with bipartisan support.

"By signing the repeal of this ban," she said, "Gov. Scott is in agreement that gay and lesbian couples deserve all the same rights and protections that every other family has."

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - FL