TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – After nearly two hours of debate, a Senate committee Monday voted to table a controversial House bill that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples.
The decision by the Senate Rules Committee came with less than two weeks left in the regular legislative session and created uncertainty about the fate of the measure (HB 7111), which supporters describe as a “conscience protection” bill. It’s primarily designed for adoption agencies with religious affiliations whose beliefs prevent them from placing children with gay and lesbian prospective parents.
Committee Chairman David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said the bill was tabled because the panel simply ran out of time and that he would speak to Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, about what to do next.
“I tried to warn everyone that we had time limitations, but people came from all…
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