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Proposed Florida law: Disqualify tax credits for film, TV productions containing nontraditional family values

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE -- Movie and TV productions with gay characters could be ineligible for a tax credit being considered by the Florida House.

State law grants tax credits for ``family friendly'' productions -- with no smoking, sex, nudity or bad language.

The proposal by Republican Rep. Stephen Precourt of Orlando would increase the credit and expand the field of disqualified productions as those that include any ``exhibit or implied act'' of nontraditional family values and gratuitous violence.

Precourt says he's not targeting the gay community but that shows with gay characters would not be something he'd want ``to invest public dollars in.''

Florida Together director Ted Howard says ``instituting 1950s-style movie censorship does nothing to support real-life families.''

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Last week, The Palm Beach Post published a full story about this bill. Click here to read it.

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