Florida lawmakers have reversed course on targeting films that include gay characters.

Lawmakers considering a package of tax credits and incentives to entice filmmakers to set up shop in Florida have ditched a so-called family-friendly tax credit which sought to discourage the production of movies that include depictions of gay families.

The requirement that a tax credit only be available to films that do not exhibit or imply “nontraditional family values” was stricken from the House version of the bill on Thursday. A Senate committee removed the language from a similar measure last week.

The moves come after a Palm Beach Post story triggered a large protest led by rights group Florida Together.

“We applaud the House Finance and Tax Council for decisively removing the problem language, so that the bill can create jobs without discrimination against non-traditional families,” Georg Katelhohn, chairman of Florida Together, a coalition of more than 80 groups which support equal rights for all Florida families, including gay families, said in a statement.

Senator David Aronberg applauded the group's efforts to amend the bill.

“I am proud the Legislature saw the difference between creating jobs in Florida and rewarding discrimination,” he said.

Senator Don Gaetz, a Republican from Niceville, sponsored the Senate version of the bill.

Representative Stephen Precourt, an Orlando Republican, told the 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.”

Representative Ari Porth, a Democrat, removed his name from the House version of the bill after the media reported on its anti-gay provision.