Kamala Harris claims Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law prevents teachers from ‘openly loving’ and tears ‘so-called leaders’ by enacting ‘immoral’ abortion bans
- Vice President Kamala Harris ripped into ‘extremist’ leaders without mentioning anyone by name, but specifically highlighted Florida and Texas
- She appeared to warn that Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill could be a nationwide reality if Republicans gain control
- Supporters of the law point out that its text does not include the word “gay”
- When asked why young people disenchanted with the Biden administration should still go to the polls, Harris said it was because the right to vote was at stake.
- Harris was one of the administration’s most vocal opponents of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in June.
Vice President Kamala Harris claimed Sunday that Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law prevents teachers of young students from “open love.”
Harris had been asked why young people, who have been largely disillusioned with the Biden administration, should continue to go to the polls. She warned that it was about the fundamental right to vote.
“We all know your right to vote, and the act of voting unlocks all other rights, including same-sex marriage,” the vice president said in an interview with journalist Brian Tyler Cohen.
“Including whether we’re going to oppose a law that says ‘Don’t Say Gay,’ limiting kindergarten through third grade teachers to be able to openly love and teach what they believe is important for people to understand.”
Harris also tore at “so-called leaders” enacting restrictions on abortion access following the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade.
Without mentioning them by name, Harris sued Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over their state’s abortion limits following the High Court ruling.
“We have governors from Florida to Texas and other states who are approaching this from an extremist position, that is, attacking women’s right to make decisions about their own bodies” , she said.
Vice President Kamala Harris has torn leaders in Florida and Texas for rolling back abortion rights following the overturning of Roe v. wade
“These different states with these so-called extremist leaders are passing laws that make it harder for a woman to access reproductive care and abortion.”
She later hit out at DeSantis again when she criticized his Parental Rights in Education Act, dubbed “Don’t Say Gay” by opponents.
The controversial text of the law states that “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties about sexual orientation or gender identity may not take place from kindergarten through 3rd grade or in a manner that is not appropriate for the age or development of students in accordance with state standards. ‘
Critics of the law have claimed it would stifle an already marginalized community – LGBTQ+ Americans – at a critical time in their development.
They also worry that it will keep them from confiding in school counselors and nurses – in some cases, the only adults they can talk to.
Harris chose Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, without mentioning him by name, because of his passage of abortion restrictions and the controversial Parental Rights in Education Bill.
Abortion rights activists hold a sit-in just outside the White House security gate to protest the US Supreme Court’s decision to end federal birthright protections abortion on Saturday July 9.
In addition to prohibiting academic discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation, the law also requires public school districts to put in place procedures to compel school officials to report a change in services or supervision of a student related to the mental, emotional or physical state of the student. health or well-being” to their parents.
It also allows parents to sue schools and school districts for violating the new law.
Proponents of the law point out that the word “gay” does not appear in the legislation.
But the majority of Harris’ interview on Sunday focused on abortion access following the Supreme Court’s overturning of federal protections for the procedure.
She ruled out expanding the Supreme Court to even out her conservative majority as a viable measure, insisting she was looking for solutions based on “reality.”
“I think what we need to do now is deal with what we have in front of us, and the reality is we don’t even have the votes in the US Senate to codify Roe,” Harris said. .
“The President has been clear that court expansion is not something that’s on the table, so let’s focus now on what we need to do to win this election with pro-choicers, you know. , the people.”