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New poll finds majority of Americans support provisions of Florida bill related to banning LGBTQ issues in schools

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A new poll found that a majority of Americans supported the provisions of a Florida bill related to banning the teaching of LGBTQ issues in schools.

Florida's Parental Rights in Education act has been criticized by opponents as being homophobic, but the Morning Consult/Politico poll found support for some of its provisions among a majority of Americans.

When asked if they supported "limiting lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity after third grade to 'age appropriate' discussions," 52% of Americans said they did.

Only 33% said they opposed such a limit.

When asked if they supported a ban on teaching sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade, 51% said they did.

Only 35% said they would oppose such a ban.

The poll results were split among partisan lines, with most of the support for the provisions coming from those who identified as Republicans, but they were also joined by a significant portion of people who identified as independents.

The poll also asked Americans if they supported bans on teaching of critical race theory in school and 43% said they opposed them while 40% said they supported them.

The legislation has been derisively dubbed the "don't say gay" bill by its opponents, and the deceptive nickname has been taken up by many in the media, leading many to misunderstand what is actually in the law.

After Disney was pressured into speaking out against the law, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis excoriated the company in a scathing statement of his own.

"In the state of Florida, we are not going to allow them to inject transgenderism into kindergarten," DeSantis said at the time.

"First-graders shouldn’t have woke gender ideology imposed in their curriculums, and that is what we’re standing for because we’re standing for the kids and we’re standing for the parents," he added.

The White House called the bill "horrific" and "bullying," but dodged a question about why President Joe Biden supported a similar bill in 1994 as a U.S. Senator.

Here's more about Florida's parental rights bill:

Controversial Florida bill bars LGBTQ discussions in schools www.youtube.com

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