Florida’s Don’t Say Gay law signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Monday banning teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, a policy opposed by critics who argue it marginalizes LGBTQ people , has been intensively examined at national level.

The legislation has put Florida and DeSantis, a rising Republican and potential 2024 presidential nominee, at the forefront of the nation’s culture wars, with LGBTQ advocates, students, Democrats, the entertainment industry and the White House denouncing what critics have dubbed the “Don.” to have. t Say Gay” bill.

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DeSantis and Republicans have repeatedly said the measure is reasonable and that parents, not teachers, should raise issues of sexual orientation and gender identity with their children.

“We will make sure that parents can send their children to school for an education, not an indoctrination,” DeSantis said before signing the law. He and other speakers stood at a podium that had a placard on it that read Protect Children/Support Parents.

Critics say the bill is worded so vaguely that the speech could be muzzled in public schools.

The bill states, “Teaching by school staff or third parties about sexual orientation or gender identity shall not be conducted in kindergarten through 3rd grade, or in a manner that is not age- or developmentally appropriate for students according to state standards.” Parents could sue districts for violations.

DeSantis signed the law into law after a press conference at the Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill, about 47 miles north of Tampa. The school was founded by Anne Corcoran, wife of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, according to The Gainesville Sun.

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