Like it used to be, you know? Nontraditional family values may be excluded in Florida

The good ol' days. Remember those? It looks like Florida wants to use its tax dollars to re-create them.

Movies and TV shows with gay characters could be ineligible for a "family-friendly" tax credit in Florida under a little-noticed provision tucked into a $75 million incentive package that Republican House leaders hope will attract film and entertainment jobs to the state.

The bill would prohibit productions with "nontraditional family values" from receiving a so-called family-friendly tax credit. But it doesn't define what "nontraditional family values" are, something the bill's sponsor had a hard time doing, too.

"Think of it as like Mayberry," state Rep. Stephen Precourt, R-Orlando, said, referring to The Andy Griffith Show. "That's when I grew up — the '60s. That's what life was like. I want Florida to be known for making those kinds of movies: Disney movies for kids and all that stuff. Like it used to be, you know?"

Like pornography, nontraditional values are hard to define. But Florida politicians know them when they see them. And they see them whenever they look in the mirror or watch "Nick at Night" or think fondly about the separate but equal drinking fountains and raids on the queer clubs. Well, Florida, those days are thankfully over. But, as long as we're on a "good ol' days" kick, I recall a time when Florida belonged to Spain. Now those were good times.



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