Vast majority of voters oppose Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

Florida’s House of Representatives passed the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill and set the much-maligned law up for a final vote despite widespread disapproval among voters.

As lawmakers passed a final version of the bill on Tuesday, a poll showed around a third of voters (34 per cent) supporting the legislation “somewhat or strongly”.

The findings published by the Public Opinion Research Lab (PORL) at the University of North Florida (UNF) meanwhile found a “majority of respondents”, or 57 per cent, in opposition to the bill “either strongly or somewhat”.

The “Don’t Say Gay” legislation, as it’s referred to by critics, has been condemned by Democrats, parents and the White House, which has described the legislation as “hateful”. If it becomes law, it will censor conversations about homosexuality and gender identity in Florida’s classrooms.

Lawmakers argued about the bill on Tuesday, with US Democratic Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz alleging: “Those who are now considering whether to vote for this hate-driven bill must reckon with an all-but-certain reality”.

“If this ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill becomes law, its isolating impacts will ensure that even more vulnerable LGBTQ+ children will suffer, and some will die,” argued Ms Wasserman Schultz, in reference to figures from LGBT+ suicide prevention and crisis intervention group The Trevor Project.

The group found that LGBT+ youth are four times more likely to seriously consider, plan or…


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