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Misnamed Florida Parental Rights Act ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Takes Effect

JFlorida’s controversial parental rights law, which has been dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by opponents and precipitated a national outcry from Democrats and big business, went into effect on Friday.

The Parental Rights in Education Act was signed into law by state Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) in March but, like most laws passed by the state legislature, only came into effect. effective as July 1.

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The law was the subject of significant national controversy after Democratic politicians and liberal pundits labeled the bill “Don’t Say Gay” because of its provision banning classroom teaching about sexual orientation. and gender identity from kindergarten to third grade. The word “gay” does not appear in the legislative text.

The most high-profile controversy involved the Walt Disney Corporation, which pledged to push for the repeal of the law after many employees complained that the company was not taking a strong enough stance against the bill. as it was passed by the legislature.

DeSantis and Republican lawmakers responded by eliminating Disney self-government permits in the area containing Disney World.

Although the provision on classroom teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity has been the only source of controversy, much of the law clarifies parental rights with regard to their child’s schooling, including requiring parents to be informed of all activities related to the welfare of their child. .

Among the catalysts for the passage of the law were two cases in which Florida colleges facilitated a female student’s transition to a male identity while she was on school property without informing parents of the pupil. In one case, parents were only told when their daughter attempted suicide in the school toilet for the second time in as many days.

In a statement to Washington ExaminerDeSantis publicist Christina Pushaw said, “Governor DeSantis signed this law because he is committed to upholding parental rights and protecting children. The intense backlash from this common sense legislation demonstrates exactly why it is needed.”

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Alex Lanfranconi, director of communications for the Florida Department of Education, also hailed the law as a measure that “reinforces the fundamental rights of parents to make decisions about their children’s education and prohibits classroom instruction on orientation and gender identity in grades K-3.”

“The current accusations and ‘misconceptions’ regarding the implementation of the Parental Rights in Education Act are fake news,” Lanfranconi told the Washington Examiner. “It’s no surprise that media activists and teachers’ unions are creating a false narrative to confuse the public.”