Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis basked in the glow of what he and majority Republicans in the state saw as a successful 2021 legislative session following the passage of several bills they believe are empowering to parents.
In fact, during comments following the end of the last legislative session for the current year, DeSantis declared it was “The Year of the Parent.”
The Daily Wire notes:
The two-month session was marked with high-profile legislation, including a new bill passed in the Florida legislature that would ban the teaching of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.
DeSantis was asked by a reporter during the question-and-answer session how businesses would respond to the newly passed bill.
At one point during a question-and-answer session with reporters, the governor pushed back on the notion that because of the passage of the new bill, some businesses in the state would leave.
“People actually said that if you don’t have classroom instruction on sexual matters in grades K-3, that somehow businesses don’t want to be in Florida? I think people need to get out of their bubble and actually talk to parents,” DeSantis said. “Because they do not want this in kindergarten, in first grade or second grade.
“We want our kids to be kids,” he declared to applause.
GOV. DESANTIS: "People actually said that if you don't have classroom instruction on sexual matters in grades K-3, that somehow businesses don't want to be in Florida? I think people need to get out of their bubble and actually talk to parents."
— Greg Price ()
In a speech at the ceremony, DeSantis also addressed the bill.
“As a parent of three kids that are age five and under, thank you for letting me and my wife send our kids to kindergarten without them being sexualized,” DeSantis said
“I think if you look at what’s been done, both in terms of funding and policy, this really was the year of the parent in the state of Florida,” the governor added.