Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at CPAC in Orlando, Fla., February 24, 2022. (Octavio Jones/Reuters)

After weeks of progressive backlash and corporate protest from the Walt Disney Company, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law the Parental Rights in Education bill prohibiting the instruction of sexual orientation and gender identity in elementary school classrooms.

Dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by critics, the law is intended to restore power to parents to determine when and how their children should learn about such sensitive subjects.

Rather than a bigoted effort to ostracize LGBTQ students and faculty, the bill is explicit that it is designed to keep conversations about sexuality out of kindergarten through third-grade classrooms.

“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 bill reads.

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