Florida’s big win vindicates Ron DeSantis in court; ‘Don’t Say Gay’ spinners can SIT DOWN

A settlement set spin doctors to work on the drummed-up “Don’t Say Gay” narrative as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis scratched another “major win.”

Only weeks after America’s Governor scored a victory against the House of Mouse, the Sunshine State appeared to succeed in another legal battle of the culture war after a settlement on the 2022 Parental Rights in Education Act was officially reached.

Activists and corporate surrogates alike had come down on DeSantis and the Florida GOP after the seven-page bill was signed, and then expanded in 2023, to prohibit instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity and maintain age-appropriate education in classrooms.

Despite plaintiffs Rabbi Amy Morrison and Cecile Houry contending to the Tampa Bay Times that “This settlement is not settling” after filing suit against the state for the maligned legislation, the agreement did not alter the law.

“Today, the Office of Governor Ron DeSantis announces a major win against the activists who sought to stop Florida’s efforts to keep radical gender and sexual ideology out of the classrooms of public-school children in kindergarten through third grade,” statement from his office read and went on to add, “Their judicial activism has failed. Today’s mutually agreed settlement ensures that the law will remain in effect and it is expected that the case will be dismissed by the Court imminently.”

Adding his own remarks to the release, state general counsel Ryan Newman said, “We fought hard to ensure this law couldn’t be maligned in court, as it was in the public arena by the media and large corporate actors. We are victorious, and Florida’s classrooms will remain a safe place under the Parental Rights in Education Act.”

The agreement clarified points of contention and ensured that students would not be prohibited from mentioning if their guardians were a homosexual couple and that “literary references to a gay or transgender person or to a same-sex couple” were not prohibited so long as it was not itself “‘instruction on’ those topics.”

Still, coverage from the Associated Press highlighted how the media had built up a false narrative about the legislation and sought to maintain it.

DeSantis’ communications director Bryan Griffin shared the social media post from the AP that read, “BREAKING: Sexual orientation, gender ID can be talked about in Florida classrooms under lawsuit settlement.”

He reacted, “The @AP just can’t stop lying. This law, the Parental Rights in Education, is about instruction. They lied when it was a bill, parroting activist scare tactics that it could somehow punish student to student conversation (‘Don’t Say Gay’). Now that the activists lost in court today (the law remains in effect), they run a headline like this making it seem like something has changed. It hasn’t. Kids remain safe in Florida from radical gender and sexual ideology being forced on them by adults without the knowledge of their parents. The AP remains a propaganda machine.”

The plaintiffs’ attorney Roberta Kaplan, the same legal counsel who represented E. Jean Carroll in her defamation suit against former President Donald Trump, told the Times, “It should put a stop to the overreacting. We think that is a huge step forward.”

Meanwhile Houry told the outlet, “It’s going to make a huge difference because the law was so vague that people stayed away from everything. Here it really defines what is not allowed, and everything else that is allowed. It’s going to change students’ experience.”

“My kid is at an age that she doesn’t stop talking about everything. I feel better that I don’t have to worry about everything that comes out of her mouth,” the lesbian said of the child’s insistence on talking about having two moms.

Others also called out the continued use of the “don’t say gay” misnomer, including Libs of TikTok creator Chaya Raichik.

Kevin Haggerty

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