From the Orlando Sentinel editorial board:
The scene said it all. Surrounded by students in blue uniform shirts and plaid ties, some of whom had been given “Protect Children” signs to hold, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 1557 — the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” legislation that’s been nationally castigated as cruel, divisive and potentially hazardous to the mental and physical wellbeing of Florida students.
The signing ceremony was staged at a Spring Hill charter school founded by the wife of DeSantis’ top education official, where boys are required to keep their hair short and only girls are allowed to wear earrings. It was a safe space for the governor.
He laughed and handed the markers he was using to the children clustered around him. The children at Monday’s bill signing, used as scene-setting pawns in a war they didn’t understand, may someday feel shame. We doubt DeSantis will. But he should.
Read the full editorial. It’s a corker.
DeSantis uses children as pawns in cruel political game | Editorial https://t.co/CEuxAYAPuf pic.twitter.com/an3s3ytDs5
— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) March 29, 2022
Ron DeSantis just signed the “don’t say gay” bill while avoiding notifying the press until the last minute, avoiding any public crowds that could criticize him, and he did it at a charter school that is exempt from the law. What an absolute coward.
— Thomas Kennedy (@tomaskenn) March 28, 2022