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Florida Senate has passed the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” – See Why

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The Florida Senate passed the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” on Tuesday morning, which prohibits the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools.

The measure was adopted by the Republican-controlled Senate by a vote of 22-17. It will now be sent to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for his signature.

“Sexual orientation or gender identity classroom instruction by school staff or third parties is prohibited in kindergarten through grade three, or in a way that is not age-appropriate or developmentally suitable for pupils in line with state standards.”

 

Parents would be entitled to sue if a school system was accused of breaking the legislation.

“To those who think you can legislate homosexual people away, I’m sorry,” Democrat Shevrin Jones, Florida’s first out gay senator, said emotionally to his colleagues during the debate. You can’t do it. I believe you should enact legislation to safeguard them.”

“So I implore you all, whatever this bill is meant to achieve, let this bill do that…,” he said.

“However, please do no harm.”

 

“What we really need to be doing is teaching tolerance, caring, loving, anti-discrimination, anti-bigotry,” said Senator Tina Polsky, a Democrat. Please explain how this measure does this.

Tell me how this bill is assisting us in the development of kind, generous, and tolerant individuals. I don’t think so. In my opinion, it is the polar opposite.”

Republican Senator Danny Burgess backed the bill on the basis of parental rights. “This measure indicates that parents’ rights to raise their children do not stop when they enter a classroom,” he stated. This measure acknowledges that parents aren’t the bad guys.”

If Governor DeSantis signs the law, it will take effect on July 1st.

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