The Florida House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would allow the state's private adoption agencies to turn down same-sex couples on the basis of a "religious or moral" objection, Tampa television's Bay News 9 and the Associated Press report. Most of the state's 82 private adoption groups are run by churches.
Critics likened the measure to Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was revised following a national outcry that it would allow businesses and organizations to refuse service to gays and lesbians. Supporters in the Republican-led Florida House said the adoption bill was not discriminatory because gay couples turned away by one agency could still be served by another. The measure now goes to the Florida Senate, which has already rejected similar language in a separate adoption bill.