TALLAHASSEE, FL — (03-31-22) — LGBT Groups are suing Florida state Gov. Ron DeSantis to get an injunction against the state’s new ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law, the new law forbidding classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade.

The ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law has put an ugly spotlight on Florida and Ron DeSantis among the LGBTQ community. DeSantis, a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate for President in 2024, is doing every thing he can to be a part of the Republican party culture wars against the LGBTQ community.

“We don’t think that this law will stand. We’re going to work to remove it,” senior political director for Equality Florida, Joe Saunders, told WESH 2.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Tallahassee by the Equality Florida and Family Equality, claims that the anti-LGBT law violates the constitutionally protected rights of free speech, equal protection and due process of students and families.

“This effort to control young minds through state censorship — and to demean LGBTQ lives by denying their reality — is a grave abuse of power,” the lawsuit says.

“The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that LGBTQ people and their families are at home in our constitutional order. The State of Florida has no right to declare them outcasts, or to treat their allies as outlaws, by punishing schools where someone dares to affirm their identity and dignity. The law deliberately employs broad terms and invites arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement, empowering parents to be roving censors who can sue school boards for damages based on any perceived violation.”

The lawsuit adds…The law states that “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

With such a law, parents would be able to sue districts over such violations.

DeSantis and his fellow anti-LGBT Republicans continue to defend their homophobic law by describing it as a reasonable thing to do, saying children should learn about sexual orientation and gender identity from their parents, not in schools.

“We will make sure that parents can send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination,” said DeSantis when he signed it into law last Monday.

The hilarious thing is how he completely is ignorant to the fact that the majority of LGBTQ children are terrified to discuss their sexual orientation with their parent. It is amazing how that hasn’t come up in GOP talking points!

Equality Florida and Family Equality say that the law’s language, particularly the phrases “classroom instruction” and “age appropriate,” will be – not could be, interpreted so broadly that discussion in any grade could trigger lawsuits by homophobic parents, creating a classroom atmosphere where teachers would avoid the subjects entirely even when a child is reaching out for guidance.

The lawsuit was filed by Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. They are seeking to block the anti-LGBT law from taking effect and also names Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and other education officials as defendants.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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