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02/15/2006

FL: Measure to right Anita Bryant's wrongs suffers snag

by Jeremy Hooper

   A bill that would have amended Florida's gay-banning adoption law to allow 'mosexuals to participate in the caretaking fun under special circumstances (adoptee lived with the gay proposing to adopt, adoptee recognized them as parent, a judge found the situation more in keeping with the needs of the adoptee than placing them in other temp. situations), was withdrawn from committee consideration yesterday.

You know, the way a foster kid can be withdrawn from a loving Florida home simply because the couple who resides in said home posses matching genitalia -- it was withdrawn like that.

The measure's sponsor, Sen. Nan Rich (pic), indicated that she pulled the bill in order to save it, as a 'nay' vote from the committee would have put it out to legislative pasture. However, Rich vowed to keep fighting for the bill, saying, according to the Tampa Tribune:

"We're not going to let it die. Good bills take a number of years sometimes, and we'll just keep working at it until we get people to realize the importance of changing the statute."

Inspired by Rich's fighting spirit, we plan to get a job at a Miami Chuck E. Cheese, where we will convince as many Floridians as possible that our queerness doesn't lead children to wretch in their pizza or join the ranks of the Militant, Homo Agenda-Driven Society-Destroying Squad. Plus, we just love Skee ball.

Same-Sex Adoption Measure Put On Hold [Tampa Tribue via TBO.com]

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