During Thursday's briefing, Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, criticized the Florida Parental Rights bill's expansion to include all K-12 students, calling it "dystopian."
On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) gave the green light to a proposition that would expand the state's existing law, preventing discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom up to third grade, to all grades. The press secretary criticized this extension, characterizing it as an assault on LGBTQ students and teachers.
“I’d like to say a word about the decision yesterday made by the Florida Board of Education to expand the state’s dystopian ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law,” Jean-Pierre said at the beginning of the briefing. “As this measure takes effect, it will prohibit all students up to seniors in high school from learning about or discussing LGBTQI+ people in the classrooms. Teachers in Florida have already faced the devastating consequences of the existing law. Under threat of having their licenses revoked, gay teachers have been forced to take down pictures of their spouses from their desks and censor classroom materials.”
KJP claims that it's illegal for gay teachers in Florida to have pictures of their spouses on their desks. pic.twitter.com/lzRN0o7d38
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) April 20, 2023
Twitter was quick put up a fact-check on the claim by KJP. It stated:
This claim is untrue. It is not illegal in Florida for a teacher to have a picture of their same sex spouse on their desk. https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/verify/florida-teachers-same-sex-spouse/67-0b3de16a-c0e2-46b8-9018-8692d290b551
There are some Republicans, among them presidential candidate Nikki Haley, who believe that Florida's current parental rights law is inadequate and should be expanded to include older students.
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