‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

March 28, 2022by Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press
‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference, Feb. 1, 2022, in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday that forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, a policy that has drawn intense national scrutiny from critics who argue it marginalizes LGBTQ people.

The legislation has pushed Florida and DeSantis, an ascending Republican and potential 2024 presidential candidate, to the forefront of the country’s culture wars, with LGBTQ advocates, students, Democrats, the entertainment industry and the White House denouncing what critics have called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

DeSantis and Republicans have repeatedly said the measure is reasonable and that parents, not teachers, should be broaching subjects of sexual orientation and gender identity with their children.


“We will make sure that parents can send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination,” DeSantis said before he signed the bill into law. He and other speakers stood at a podium affixed with a placard reading Protect Children/Support Parents.


Critics say the bill is so vaguely worded that speech could be muzzled throughout public schools.


The bill states: “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.” Parents would be able to sue districts over violations.

DeSantis signed the bill after a news conference held at the Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill, about 46 miles (74 kilometers) north of Tampa. The school was founded by Anne Corcoran, wife of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, according to The Gainesville Sun.

A+
a-

In The News

Health

Voting

Florida

DeSantis 2024 Prospects Prompt Fla. Lawmakers to Review Law

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may need some help from the state Legislature if he proceeds with a highly anticipated... Read More

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may need some help from the state Legislature if he proceeds with a highly anticipated bid for the Republican presidential nomination. A “resign to run” law requires state officeholders to commit to leave their positions if they run for federal office.... Read More

Tropical Storm Nicole Could Doom Some Beachfront Homes

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicole hit Florida as a hurricane Thursday, sending hits highest storm surges to... Read More

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicole hit Florida as a hurricane Thursday, sending hits highest storm surges to places that lost their seawalls during Hurricane Ian only weeks before. In Daytona Beach Shores, rising seas threatened the foundations of at least a dozen high-rise condos and... Read More

Biden Aims to Drive GOP Contrast in Florida One Week Out

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is heading to Florida to underline the contrast between the Democratic and Republican agendas, blasting the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is heading to Florida to underline the contrast between the Democratic and Republican agendas, blasting the GOP over proposals to undo prescription drug price caps and change Social Security and Medicare. Biden’s trip Tuesday will include taxpayer-funded remarks in Hallandale Beach, where the White... Read More

A Swing State No More? GOP Confidence Grows in Florida

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — Democrats are increasingly concerned that Florida, once the nation's premier swing state, may slip away... Read More

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — Democrats are increasingly concerned that Florida, once the nation's premier swing state, may slip away this fall and beyond as emboldened Republicans capitalize on divisive cultural issues and demographic shifts in crucial contests for governor and the U.S. Senate. The anxiety... Read More

Florida Sees Rise in Flesh-Eating Bacteria Amid Ian Concerns

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida has seen an increase in cases of flesh-eating bacteria this year driven largely by... Read More

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida has seen an increase in cases of flesh-eating bacteria this year driven largely by a surge in the county hit hardest by Hurricane Ian. The state Department of Health reports that as of Friday there have been 65 cases of vibrio... Read More

October 14, 2022
by Dan McCue
DeSantis Signs Executive Order Waiving Some Florida Election Laws

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Thursday waiving portions of Florida’s election law in response... Read More

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Thursday waiving portions of Florida’s election law in response to the devastation wrought in some parts of the state by Hurricane Ian. The order comes two weeks after the Category 4 storm devastated parts of... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top