Disney says it has pledged to repeal the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law after the controversial legislation was enacted by US politicians in Florida.
The company said the law “should never have been passed” and said it is working with both national and state organizations to repeal it.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law into law Monday, despite growing criticism that it marginalizes LGBTQ people.
The bill will ban teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity from preschool through third grade.
In a statement, The Walt Disney Company said, “Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill, should never have been passed and should never have been made into law.
“Our goal as a company is to have this law repealed by the legislature or struck down in court, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to make that happen.”
“We are committed to protecting the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family and the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country.”
The company and its CEO, Bob Chapek, have previously been criticized for being slow to act and not using their considerable influence in the state to get the law repealed.
Earlier this month, Disney suspended its political donations in the state, and theme park employees went on strike over a lack of action.
Gov. DeSantis later said he wore prominent opposition to the law as a “badge of honor.”
“There are even people in Hollywood who are opposed to protecting parents and enforcing parental rights,” he said at a news conference.
“If the people who, like Harvey Weinstein, have risen to role models and heroes have degenerated … if that’s the kind of people and all that defy us in terms of parenting rights, I wear that like a badge of honor.” “
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/disney-says-it-is-committed-to-repealing-floridas-new-dont-say-gay-law-for-schools-41498059.html Disney has pledged to repeal Florida’s new “Don’t Say Gay” school law