A Republican from Florida resisted celebrity activism and signed new parental rights legislation into law on March 28.
Gov. Ron DeSantis recently enacted the Parental Rights in Education bill, which gives families greater authority in discussing gender issues with their children.
“In Florida we not only know that parents have a right to be involved, we insist that parents have a right to be involved,” he said in a video shared on Facebook.
The new rules explicitly ban educational institutions from discussing gender topics that are “not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate” for grade three students or younger.
There is no prohibition on using the word “gay,” which is also defined as feeling light-hearted or carefree. Casual conversations about gender are also permitted to continue in classrooms.
“They support injecting woke gender ideology into second grade classrooms … without the knowledge of parent much less without the parent’s consent,” the governor said.
“What they are doing with these slogans and these narratives is they are trying to camouflage their true intentions,” he added.
The Republican also brushed off recent television activism from Academy Awards co-hosts Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, and Regina Hall.
“If those are the types of people that are opposing us on parents’s rights, I wear that like a badge of honor,” he said according to Fox News.
The governor’s office stressed the Sunshine State will not be intimidated by proposed boycotts over the legislation.
“We are not concerned about boycotts or other economic harm to Florida as a result of any legislation but, even if we were, no amount of money would convince Gov. DeSantis to change his position–he will always stand for parental rights and protecting children,” spokeswoman Christina Pushaw said on Twitter.