Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Into Law

Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Into Law

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) defied nationwide outrage by signing legislation dubbed “Don’t Say Homosexual” that largely bans the teaching of sexual orientation and gender in most elementary school classrooms identify.

The act, which allows parents to sue school districts to enforce the act, stipulates that “any classroom instruction by school staff or third parties regarding sexual orientation or gender identity may not be conducted in kindergarten through third grade, nor in a form that is inappropriate for the age of the student or does not meet state standards. way.”

Opponents of the legislation – who gave the bill a “don’t say gay” name – slammed it as hateful and discriminatory and vowed to fight it in court.

“We will not sit idly by and allow the governor’s office to call us pedophiles,” Florida Equality said in a statement as the legislation passed the state Senate. “We will not allow this bill to harm LGBTQ Floridians. We will not allow any school to enforce this in a way that compromises the safety of children. We stand ready to fight for Floridians in court and at the ballot box Hold the legislators who supported this bill accountable.”

Shortly before the legislation, formally known as the Parental Educational Rights Act, passed the Senate, DeSantis’s spokesman tweeted a series of comments, saying opponents of the bill support the sexual solicitation of underage students .

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