Friday, March 19, 2010

Florida does the right thing with film tax credit law

Last week I wrote about a Florida bill that would deny film companies tax credits if their films did not promote "traditional family values."  (Translation: no gay folks.)

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the tax credit bill that ultimately passed, however, struck that language following complaints from the industry and gay rights groups that the language would discriminate against gay families.

"We thank the Senate for working with us to craft a bill that can create jobs without discriminating against a segment of Florida's families,'' said Georg Ketelhohn, chairman of Florida Together, a federation of groups promoting gay and lesbian rights.

The Florida House has yet to remove the offending language from a similar bill, although it is expected to do so. The bill's backer, a Republican legislator from Orlando, said his intent was to promote wholesome family entertainment as depicted in 1960s sitcom, "The Andy Griffith Show," set in the fictional North Carolina town of Mayberry and starring a freckle-faced apple pie kid named Ronny Howard.

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