The ban, which was imposed at the height of a campaign by singer Anita Bryant that revoked a gay-rights ordinance in Miami, has been unenforceable since the court ruled against it. However, the language remained in the statute and some legislators objected to removing it. The Republican-controlled legislature included the repeal language in a large package providing financial incentives for state employees adopting children. He added repealing the ban should have been handled in separate legislation.
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In , after serving in the United States Navy and becoming a law firm partner, he co-founded Columbia Hospital Corporation. During his tenure as chief executive, the company defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and other federal programs. In , he founded Conservatives for Patients' Rights. Scott ran for governor of Florida in He defeated Bill McCollum in a vigorously contested Republican primary election, and then narrowly defeated Democratic nominee Alex Sink in the general election. He was barred by term limits from running for reelection in , and instead ran for the United States Senate. The initial election results were so close that they triggered a mandatory recount.
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Scott, a former businessman, attempted to capitalize on the election season's anti-incumbent fever when he referred to Sink, the state's chief financial officer, as a "Tallahassee insider. Sink returned fire when she referred Scott, a billionaire health executive, as a "corporate raider," and questioned his business dealings. But the gloves really came off when the candidates got down to business answering - and in some cases not answering - specific questions about their positions on policy and how they would govern if elected.
Rick Scott still wants private, religious-based adoption agencies to be able to turn gay couples away. Scott signed a bill Thursday that removes the adoption ban enacted in the days when entertainer Anita Bryant crusaded against gays. It is part of a larger bill that promotes adoption, and striking the language simply reflects reality after a judge found the ban unconstitutional five years ago.