Florida’s much-smeared Parental Rights in Education bill bans “classroom instruction” on “sexual orientation or gender identity” from kindergarten through the third grade. The law also states that schools “may not discourage or prohibit parental notification of and involvement in critical decisions affection a student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being.” And that parents are not to be blocked from “education and health records created, maintained or used by the school.”
No brainers, on both counts. Which is presumably why the bill’s ideological opponents have preferred to construct a “Don’t Say Gay” straw man to attack it. Not once does the word “gay” appear in the bill’s text. Meanwhile, “sexual orientation” includes heterosexuality as well as homosexuality.
Nevertheless, as the media continue to spread activist lies, Americans presented with the bill’s actual language support its provisions by a two-to-one margin. A recent poll by Public Opinion Strategies found that 61 percent of people said they supported the law, compared with 26 percent who opposed it. The bill also gained the support of 55 percent of Democrats.