During a press availability today, Governor Ron DeSantis emphasized passage of anti-LGBTQ legislation as a priority in his Censorship and Surveillance State legislative agenda. In response, Equality Florida issued the following statement:
“DeSantis is taking a page from Anita Bryant’s playbook, using anti-LGBTQ legislation as a springboard to serve his national political ambitions,” said Nadine Smith, Equality Florida Executive Director. “From banning books and electronic monitoring of teachers to white-washing history and allowing the state to dictate our health care decisions, DeSantis is committed to an agenda of censorship and surveillance that intrudes on all aspects of our lives.
His political agenda is driven not by the real pressing needs of our state but his desire to peel away Trump supporters as the two Floridians jockey for the 2024 Republican presidential primary. He is willing to inflict harm on the most vulnerable in our state in order to shore up his extremist base.”
The Don’t Say Gay bill (HB 1557/SB 1834) will be heard in its first Senate Committee (Education) on Tuesday, February 8 at 9:00am.