Thanks to Joe.My.God. who led me to Michael Bender's story at the Palm Beach Post.
It looks like movies with gay characters won't be welcome in Florida anytime soon. It's common for states to offer tax credits to attract film makers. The economic benefits of film making are huge: just think of all the restaurants, hotels and retail that would benefit. What isn't so common is for a state legislature to dictate just what sort of movies can be given these tax incentives.
A bill before the Florida legislature would provide millions in tax incentives to film makers as long as there are no gay characters. The wording is a little more discreet than that, although not much more. The bill states that movies that movies with "nontraditional family values" would be prohibited from receiving funds.
Florida Family Policy Council President John Stemberger said nontraditional family values could include anything from "drug abuse to excessive drunkenness to homosexual families."
Hmmm. What year is this again? I thought comparing being gay to drug abuse went out with the Trent Lott era.