Klayman: De Santis and Florida Again at Forefront: Correctly Ban Pushing Homosexuality and Perversion in Schools!
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March 9, 2022
The Florida Senate passed the controversial so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill on Tuesday, sending the Republican-backed legislation banning LGBTQ instruction in primary schools to Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk.
The bill passed the Republican-controlled Senate 22-17, and passed the Republican-controlled state House two weeks earlier 69-47. DeSantis has signaled his support for the bill and is expected to sign it.
The proposed law, often referred to by critics as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, bans public school districts from teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through the third grade, or "in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students"—language that critics say could extend the ban to higher grade levels. State Rep. Joe Harding, a Republican who introduced the bill, told TIME in February that the bill's intention is to keep parents "in the know and involved on what's going on" with their child's education, but critics argue the bill is discriminatory, and an attempt by Republican lawmakers to stir political support amid a broader climate of increasing politicization of LGBTQ rights and heightened scrutiny of what children are taught in schools. Advocates warn its passage could be harmful for students' mental health.
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