Florida GOP ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill advances in House

Florida House Republicans on Tuesday advanced a bill to forbid discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, rejecting criticism from Democrats who said the proposal demonizes LGBTQ people.

The measure, dubbed by opponents as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, is now set for a final vote in the House after GOP lawmakers refused a series of Democratic amendments Tuesday.

The proposal has drawn intense national scrutiny and has served as the one of the latest battlegrounds between the White House and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is running for reelection and is widely considered to be a potential 2024 presidential candidate.

DeSantis has stopped short of endorsing the legislation but earlier this month said it is inappropriate for teachers to discuss students’ gender identities without parental involvement. After the governor’s comments, Biden called the proposal “ hateful ” and the White House released a statement saying the measure targets LGBTQ students.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Joe Harding, states that “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.” A parent could sue a district for violations.

Harding has maintained that the bill would not prevent spontaneous discussions about the topics and said the…

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