A proposed incentive package for the film industry being considered by Florida lawmakers would likely exclude films with gay characters, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Lawmakers hope the $75 million package of tax credits and incentives will entice filmmakers to set up shop in Florida. The bill's so-called family-friendly tax credit, however, discourages the production of movies that include depictions of gay families. The tax credit would only be available to films that do not exhibit or imply “nontraditional family values.”

“Real-life families come in all shapes and sizes,” Ted Howard, executive director of Florida Together, a federation of 80 organizations which support equal rights for all Florida families, including gay families, said in a statement. “Marginalizing single-parent families, gay families and other non-traditional families by instituting 1950's-style movie censorship does nothing to support real-life families or help Florida's struggling economy.”

Both chambers of the Legislature have introduced identical bills.

Representative Stephen Precourt, an Orlando Republican, told the Palm Beach Post that his House bill did not target the gay community. But when asked if movies with gay characters should get the tax credit, he said, “That would not be the kind of thing I'd say we want to invest public dollars in.”

Under current Florida law, family-friendly films that exclude smoking, sex, nudity or vulgar language are eligible for a 2 percent credit. Precourt's bill would boost the credit to 5 percent and add the nontraditional family values prohibition.

Several gay rights groups suggested the prohibition remained too vague.

Florida Film Commissioner Lucia Fishburne, who along with the state Film and Entertainment Advisory Council oversees the awarding of the family-friendly tax credit, called the new language “slipperier.”

“It's fairly subjective now,” Fishburne told the paper. “This would make it slipperier. I would need someone to give me direction on what these things mean.”