Six states consider legislation similar to Florida’s parental rights bill in face of federal backlash

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As the left continues to take aim at Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis for signing the Parental Rights in Education bill, prohibiting teachers from teaching “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade, a number of other states are weighing similar bills.

President Joe Biden and other leftists have heavily criticized the bill. The president tweeted his support in February to those opposing the “hateful bill” and proclaimed that he would fight “for the protections and safety you deserve.”

While focusing on DeSantis, Biden and Democrats have pretty much ignored that at least six other states are eyeing similar legislation on gender and sexual orientation when it comes to teaching young children about such adult-oriented topics.

Georgia is one of those states. In March, Senate Bill 613, the Common Humanity in Private Education Act, was introduced. It was co-sponsored by 10 Republican state senators. The bill asserts that “no private or nonpublic school or program” should “promote, compel or encourage classroom discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not appropriate for the age and developmental stage of the student.”

“No teacher should be promoting gender identity discussions with small children in a classroom setting, which is exactly what this bill says and why I support it,” Georgia State Sen. Burt Jones commented, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Kansas is pushing House Bill 2662, better known as the “Parents’ Bill of Rights and Academic Transparency Act.” The bill would put in place rules that govern sexual materials in classrooms. It would amend the state’s obscenity law making it a class B misdemeanor to present teaching materials that depict acts of “sadomasochistic abuse” or “sexual conduct,” which includes homosexuality.

Tennessee Republicans have also introduced House Bill 800 which bans the distribution of materials or textbooks that “promote, normalize, support or address lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) lifestyles.”

Indiana has joined the mix by attempting to get parents involved in their children’s education with House Bill 1040. Under that legislation, teachers would have to “obtain prior informed written consent from the parent of a student who is less than eighteen” in order to discuss “gender identity,” “sexual orientation,” “abortion,” “transgenderism” or “sexual activity.”

Oklahoma’s Senate Bill 1142 and Senate Bill 1654 would ban libraries and classrooms from giving students materials that address “any form of non-procreative sex” or “lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender issues.”

Louisiana’s House Bill 837 also enters the fray stating, “No teacher, school employee or other presenter shall cover the topics of sexual orientation or gender identity in any classroom discussion or instruction in kindergarten through grade eight.”

The Louisiana legislation takes it even further by stating that no teacher, school employee, or presenter should discuss their “own sexual orientation or gender identity with students in kindergarten through grade twelve.”

Florida’s legislation has been labeled by the left as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. That is a misnomer. It prohibits teaching “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to children in kindergarten through third grade, “or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.” It does not ban the word “gay” in classrooms.

“In Florida, we not only know that parents have a right to be involved, we insist that parents have a right to be involved,” DeSantis proclaimed on Monday as he fearlessly signed the bill.


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