(CNSNews.com) – The White House on Wednesday criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his decision to ban classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity for grades 4 to 12 unless part of reproductive health education that students can opt out of or if required by existing state standards.
“It’s wrong. It’s completely, utterly wrong, and — and we’ve been very cry- — crystal clear about that, when it comes to the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill and other — other actions that this governor has taken in the state of Florida,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday.
“Make no mistake,” she said. “This is a part of a disturbing and dangerous trend that we’re seeing across the country of legislations that are anti-LGBTQI+, anti-trans, anti the community in a way that we have not seen it in some time, and so — and it’s not just the LGBTQI+ community.
“We’re talking about students. We’re talking about educators. We’re talking about, just, individuals, and so, the president has been very clear, this administration has been very clear: We will continue to fight for the dignity of — of Americans, for the dignity and respect of the community, of opportunity that should be given to students and families in Florida and across the country,” the press secretary said.
“So, again, this is just plain wrong, and we’re going to continue to speak against — speak out against it,” she said.
DeSantis’ proposal does not require a legislative approval. It is up for a vote in April before the Florida Board of Education and has been put forth by the Florida Education Department, which are both led by gubernatorial appointees.
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