On Thursday, a lawsuit was filed against the state of Florida by a coalition of radical, pro-LGBTQ groups in protest of the state’s new parental rights law limiting the teaching of sexually explicit material to young children.
According to ABC News, the lawsuit was filed in a federal court in Tallahassee by the groups Equality Florida and Family Equality, which claim that the new law infringes on their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, as well as their equal protection rights and due process for students and their families. The groups are represented by the law firm Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, as well as the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
The law in question, often derogatorily referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” prohibits public schools from teaching about sexuality, “gender identity,” and other sexually explicit topics to children in kindergarten through 3rd grade. The lawsuit falsely describes the law as an “effort to control young minds through state censorship — and to demean LGBTQ lives by denying their reality,” and declares the law to be “a grave abuse of power.”
“The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that LGBTQ people and their families are at home in our constitutional order,” the lawsuit complains further. “The State of Florida has no right to declare them outcasts, or to treat their allies as outlaws, by punishing schools where someone dares to affirm their identity and dignity.”
However, the law does not make any specific references to homosexuality, nor does it specifically target any faction of the LGBTQ crowd for discrimination. The text simply states that “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.” The law also allows for parents of affected students to sue school districts if they are in violation of this new law.
But the Biden Administration is already discussing ways to push back against Florida’s new law. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona met with so-called LGBTQ minors and their families at a school in Orlando on Thursday, where they discussed ways to resist the legislation.
“We know while many transgender students experience valuable support at school, many others face significant challenges because of hostility directed at them by others,” Cardona said in a statement. “This includes a growing number of state laws that bully and intimidate LGBTQI+ students and their families.”
Florida is one of many states in recent months that has passed legislation limiting the spread of the ideology of transgenderism, the false and scientifically-debunked notion that there are more than two genders, and that an individual can simply change their gender at any given time. Such bills primarily focus on banning so-called “transgender” athletes from competing on sports teams of the opposite gender, as well as limiting the broader teaching of the concept to young children, which many claim is setting the children up for sexual “grooming” by proponents of the LGBTQ crowd.