White House Condemns Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

The White House condemned a controversial Florida bill that would ban certain discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in primary schools.

“I want every member of the LGBTQI+ community — especially the kids who will be impacted by this hateful bill — to know that you are loved and accepted just as you are. I have your back, and my Administration will continue to fight for the protections and safety you deserve,” President Joe Biden said on Twitter on Feb. 8.

Last month, a Florida House committee passed the Parental Rights in Education bill, which critics dubbed as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

According to critics, the bill would prevent teachers from talking about LGBTQI+ issues. Meanwhile, supporters said the bill would protect parent’s ability in their child’s upbringing.

A state Senate version of the bill passed Florida’s Senate Education Committee on Feb. 8, a day after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis voiced his support.

In a Feb. 8 press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that conservative politicians in Florida rejected the “basic values” of ensuring children’s safety, protection, and freedom by advancing the bill.

When asked on Feb. 9 about specific actions if the bill passes, Psaki said, “We’re going to continue to voice our strong views on this… And if there’s any additional steps, I’ll let you know.”

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