Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed out at Hollywood leftists and other Democrats who have frequently criticized — and mischaracterized — a piece of parental rights legislation he signed on Monday.
The bill bans teachers from giving classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade and has been regularly called “Don’t Say Gay” legislation though that is not accurate, as he has said repeatedly over the past few weeks in defending the legislation.
“In Florida, we not only know that parents have a right to be involved, we insist that parents have a right to be involved,” DeSantis said at a press conference at the Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill, Fla.
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The Parental Rights in Education bill, which passed the Republican-controlled state legislature this month, has been dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by Democrats who misleadingly claim it bans any discussion pertaining to being gay in Florida schools.
The bill was mocked at the Oscars Sunday night, with co-hosts Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall repeating the word “gay” as the crowd applauded.
DeSantis fired back at his critics in Hollywood, saying, “If the people who held up degenerates like Harvey Weinstein as exemplars and as heroes and as all that, if those are the types of people that are opposing us on parents’ rights, I wear that like a badge of honor.”
“They don’t want to admit that they support a lot of the things that we’re providing protections against,” he added.
“For example, they support sexualizing kids in kindergarten. They support injecting woke gender ideology into second-grade classrooms. … And so what they’re doing with these slogans and these narratives is they are trying to camouflage their true intentions,” DeSantis noted further.
While the bill does bar classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” with children in third grade or younger, “or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards,” it does not ban the word “gay” in school settings, Fox News noted.
It also does not bar casual discussions of issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity in classrooms.