Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed the Parental Right in Education Bill that bans teachers from giving classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade.
Fox News reports:
“In Florida, we not only know that parents have a right to be involved, we insist that parents have a right to be involved,” DeSantis said at a press conference at the Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill, Florida.
The bill, which passed the Republican-controlled state legislature earlier this month, has been dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by Democrats who have attempted to mislead Americans into believing the bill outright bans any discussion regarding being gay in Florida schools.
What the bill actually does is prohibit classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” with children in third grade or younger.
Contrary to Democrats’ claims the bill doesn’t ban the word “gay” in school settings or ban casual discussions of topics relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom.
Some Democrats and businesses have threatened to boycott Florida over the bill however Gov. DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw says he’s not concerned by the threat.
“Many of the tourists in Florida have visited us from states with mandates and restrictions, to enjoy the freedoms and sense of normalcy that Florida has become renowned for, under Gov, DeSantis‘ leadership,” she wrote. “Business is thriving here as well, because the governor has kept our state open, and our tax burden remains the lowest in the country.
“These are things that everyone can appreciate, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation,” she added. “Therefore, we are not concerned about boycotts or other economic harm to Florida as a result of any legislation. But even if we were: no amount of money would convince Governor DeSantis to change his position. He will always stand for parental rights and protecting children.”