The controversial bill called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ is moving through the state legislature. On Thursday, that bill passed the House Judiciary Committee on July 13.
The testimony was controversial as people argued both for and against the bill. During committee debate, members must be reminded of the decorum.
“You cannot remove this bell,” said Florida Representative Fentrice Driskell.
Tensions were high as dozens of explosions broke out in front of lawmakers in the state capital.
House Bill 1557, dubbed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, is bringing people on both sides of the issue to Tallahassee to testify.
The dual bill in the Florida legislature proposes restricting teachers and school discussions when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Should teachers tell children to choose a gender that will make you happy? We lie, cheat, kill, steal, will you be happy? We do not. We don’t because these things don’t work,” one bill supporter said during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.
Supporters say these issues should be discussed at home, but opponents of it say not all LGBTQ students receive support at home.
Cori Craciun said: “I know we are in 2022, and there is so much more to come, and parents are supporting their children, but I can tell you I can tell you that. not all are like that.
The bill is intended to limit discussions to grades kindergarten through 3.
Representative Joe Harding, who introduced the bill, argued that having “children as young as six, and pushing this guidance to them without a parent” was not okay for Harding.
Opponents of the bill say the language can be understood in many ways.
“It’s not specific. It’s very vague and it could well be between K and 12,” says Craciun.
LGBTQ advocates worry that the language will open the door to adoption of the bill in middle and high schools, a time when young people are discovering a sense of self.
On Friday night, there will be a march and protest against the dual bills in Cambier Park.
Naples Pride will file a protest against the bill to the office of Senator Kathleen Passimod.
WINK News has reached out to the senator for comment but has not received a response.
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