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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Act Banning Teaching Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in Classes K-3

  • DeSantis signed the bill Monday that would ban teachers from instructing about “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade
  • It will become law from July 1th and teachers who break the rules can then be sued by parents
  • “We will ensure that parents can send their children to school for an education, not for indoctrination,” DeSantis said before signing the bill.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a parental rights law Monday that prohibits teachers from teaching “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade in the classroom.

“In Florida, not only do we know that parents have a right to be involved, we insist that parents have a right to be involved,” DeSantis said at a news conference at the Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill, Florida.

“We will ensure that parents can send their children to school for an education, not for indoctrination,” DeSantis said before signing the law.

The parental rights law in education, passed this month by the Republican state legislature, has been dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” law by Democrats, who misleadingly claim it bans any discussion of homosexuality in Florida schools.

From July 1, it will become law and teachers who break the rules can be sued by parents.

“I think the last few years have really shown parents that they are increasingly ignored in our country when it comes to raising their children,” DeSantis said Monday.

“We’ve seen a curriculum embedded for very, very young children, teaching materials about sexuality and awakening a gender ideology. We’ve seen libraries that have clearly inappropriate pornographic material for very young children.”

The bill was mocked at the Oscars Sunday night, with co-hosts Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall repeating the word “gay” as the crowd applauded.

DeSantis hit back at his critics in Hollywood, saying, “If the people who held out degenerated like Harvey Weinstein as examples and as heroes and stuff, if those are the kind of people who oppose parental rights, I wear that as a badge of honour.’

The bill defended by Gov. Ron DeSantis (pictured last week) is expected to sign the bill, passed Tuesday by the state Senate

The bill defended by Gov. Ron DeSantis (pictured last week) is expected to sign the bill, passed Tuesday by the state Senate

“They don’t want to admit that they support many of the things we protect against,” he said.

‘For example, they support sexualizing children in kindergarten. They support injecting awake gender ideology into second grade classrooms. … And so what they do with these slogans and these stories is they try to camouflage their true intentions.’

President Biden called it a “hateful bill” in a tweet last month.

The proposal was sponsored by Rep. Joe Harding, in response to stories of children discussing a desire to transfer at school and the decision by some teachers to keep it a secret from their parents or guardians.

Harding had expressed concern that coming out as gay was becoming a “trend” for children. He also pushed for an amendment that would have essentially forced schools to give children to their parents, but moved to… withdrew it last week.

He and other GOP lawmakers in Florida have argued that parents should raise these issues with their children, rather than with educators.

The measure has sparked a wave of “Proud to Be Gay” protests by students across Florida, who have displayed the transgender and LGBTQ flags in the state’s capital in Tallahassee.

Florida's GOP-dominated legislature passed controversial 'Don't Say Gay' law on March 8, despite a wave of protests from students and LGBTQ activists rejecting the law

Florida’s GOP-dominated legislature passed controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law on March 8, despite a wave of protests from students and LGBTQ activists rejecting the law

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