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Gulf Coast LIVE: Adoption Agencies and Same-Sex Couples


Following a March vote in the Florida House to strike down the state’s ban on gay adoption, state lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow adoption agencies in the state to turn away same-sex couples on moral or religious grounds.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, points to cities like Boston and San Francisco, where faith-based child-placement agencies like Catholic Charities no longer provide adoption services for fear of lawsuits for their stance on not adopting children to same-sex couples. Opponents of the bill liken it to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana and say it would violate the state constitution.