White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, in the aftermath of the Florida Legislature passing the “Don’t Say Gay” bill critics say would negatively impact LGBTQ kids and families, denounced the legislation on Wednesday, saying it would lead to “hateful, misguided policy.”
“I think what’s important to note here is how outspoken the president has been on discrimination against kids, against members of the LGBTQI+ community and what we’re looking at here is a bill that would propagate misinformed, hateful policy and impact children,” Psaki said.
Psaki addressed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in response to questioning from the New York Post, which challenged the White House spokesperson on Biden’s position against the bill when he voted for an amendment as a U.S. senator in 1994 that would prohibit the use of federal funding in the teaching of homosexuality.
Biden’s Administration issued a strong statement against this legislation pending in Florida. The Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, has slammed Florida’s pending “Don’t Say Gay” legislation proposed by Republicans, saying it tells LGBTQ kids or those with LGBTQ parents there’s something wrong with them.
Students at high schools across Florida also walked out of their classes to send a message to their communities and, they hoped, to lawmakers in Tallahassee, in opposition to “Don’t Say Gay” bill and that it’s okay to be gay.