In a floor amendment on a broad adoption bill Tuesday, the House moved to remove a ban on same-sex couples adopting from state law.
The amendment, offered by Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, has little substantive effect, as courts overturned a decades-long ban on same-sex couples adopting children almost five years ago.
Nevertheless, it was a symbolic move in a state that has relied on courts to overturn bans related to same-sex marriage and adoptions in the past.
Just a few lawmakers voted against the measure in a voice vote on a substitute amendment to the bill (H.B. 7013) that allows for couples intending to homeschool their children to adopt in addition to same-sex partners The bill as a whole has yet to be approved by the House.
House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, said after the House adjourned that while he doesn’t agree with the move, “philosophically,” he understands that the courts addressed the issue years ago and same-sex adoptions have been happening since then.