Florida Conservative Gov. Ron DeSantis has enacted a controversial law banning teaching about Homosexuality ,sexual orientation and gender identity in state elementary schools.
“We will ensure that parents can send their children to school for education, not indoctrination,” the Republican said before signing the law into law today. The opposition Democrats and LGBTQ representatives are sharply critical.
They dubbed the law Don’t Say Gay. The law, passed by the conservative-governed state’s legislature a good three weeks ago, affects children from kindergarten through third grade. It prohibits teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity “in a manner that is not age or developmentally appropriate for students.” According to critics, this wording makes it possible to apply the law to older children.
Republicans counter that the bill only prohibits the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the official curriculum. Teachers could continue to speak spontaneously about the topic if children asked about it.
The organization Equality Florida, which campaigns for LGBTQ rights, criticized DeSantis for signing the law. In doing so, the governor “damaged our state’s reputation as a welcoming and inclusive place for all families, making us a laughingstock and a target for nationwide mockery,” the organization said. “What’s worse. It has made schools less safe for children.”