Nadine Smith

After the Florida Senate soundly defeated an attempt return discrimination against gay and lesbian parents to adoption laws, the Florida House approved a discrimination bill that gives taxpayer-funded adoption agencies a “license to discriminate” against gay and lesbian couples looking to adopt.

The 75-38 vote is symbolic because the Florida Senate overwhelmingly rejected a similar proposal.

“Thursday’s House vote sends an ugly message about Florida, whether it becomes law or not,” said Nadine Smith, chief executive of Equality Florida. “As other states such as Indiana have learned, discriminatory laws under the false guise of religious freedom are widely criticized. They are unfair and unjust, and they also hurt a state’s economy.