Florida's state House Judiciary Committee recently approved a bill, by a vote of 11-4, that would allow adoption agencies to deny adoptions based on the agencies' religious or moral beliefs.
The GOP-supported HB 7111 bill came about after the House voted earlier in April to repeal Florida's ban on gay adoption. The vote was symbolic as the ban had been ruled unconstitutional.
The new "conscience protection" bill is believed by political observers to be a legal tool that would allow religious-based adoption agencies to discriminate against gay adoption, noted the Tallahassee Democrat.
Nathaniel Gill, 10, testified on April 2 against the bill before the state House Judiciary Committee, reported Slate.com (video below).
Gill recalled how when he was 4 months old his brother, then 4 years old, was caring for him and begging neighbors for food. The two boys were removed from their home by the state's Department of Children and Families and placed in the foster care of two gay men.
Nathaniel stated, "I was lucky to be placed with my brother, he was all I had, and he has looked after me since I was born. In the home DCF placed us, we had two dads. We were happy and liked our new home a lot.”
State Rep. Charles McBurney, a Republican, soon cut Nathaniel off, "Mr. Gill, you’re doing a great job, but unfortunately your minute’s up."
McBurney could have allowed Nathaniel an extra minute or two, but did not, reports Slate.com.