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AP: Florida’s unenforced gay adoption ban about to be tossed by Legislature (with video)

Florida Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, speaks against an amendment that would allow Florida agencies to deny adoptions based on religious or moral objections.
Florida Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, speaks against an amendment that would allow Florida agencies to deny adoptions based on religious or moral objections. The Florida Channel

Associated Press reporter Gary Fineout writes that “Florida's nearly 40-year-old ban on gay adoption — which hasn't been enforced for the past five years — is about to be tossed out by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature.”

Fineout continues:

Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, defended the decision to jettison the gay adoption ban and called it a relic of another time that is now meaningless since an appeals court declared the law unconstitutional in 2010.

“We don’t need to turn the social clock in this state back to 1977,” said Gaetz, who is sponsoring the adoption bill.

Here’s Gaetz’s Senate speech, via LGBT-rights group Equality Florida:

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