'Read The Bill': Conservatives Spar With Twitter Users Over 'Don't Say Gay'

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a controversial bill into law on Monday prohibiting certain classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation.

The legislation, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill by critics, has sparked nationwide debate as opponents argue the law will only harm LGBTQ children. President Joe Biden has called the legislation "hateful."

The governor said during Monday's signing ceremony, where he was surrounded by school kids, that parents can now "send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination," according to the Associated Press.

Conservatives have said that those who are opposed to the bill haven't read it in its entirety as DeSantis faces criticism.

"CAN ANY DEMOCRAT ACTUALLY READ??!!" tweeted Lavern Spicer, a Republican who ran for Congress in Florida last year.

"Read the bill," Rebecca Keltie, a Republican congressional candidate, wrote on Twitter. "It doesn't ban anything. Not even student conversations."

"Fun Fact: NOBODY calling it the 'don't say gay bill' has READ the bill," tweeted Jimmy Failla, host of the Fox Across America radio show.

Liberals fired back, saying they have read through the seven-page law.

"As 'Don't Say Gay' is signed into law, we continue to see uninformed Republicans claim the reason for national outrage is because we haven't read the bill," Florida Senate Democrats wrote on Twitter. "We read it. So did medical professionals, educators, community leaders, and parents."

In a statement, the coalition of lawmakers said the law was crafted in "ignorance and fear mongering."

The law's official text states that "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 state education department will ultimately determine standards on whether something is age or developmentally appropriate.

The law also mandates that parents be the first notified of any health or support services offered to their kids in school, regardless of age or circumstances. The law also gives parents the chance to deny those services on behalf of their children.

Disney, one of Florida's biggest employers, said that the bill should never have passed and that the company's goal is to have the law repealed by the state legislature or struck down in the courts.

The law was also the target of jokes at the Oscars on Sunday, with host Wanda Sykes telling the crowd: "We're going to have a great night tonight. And for you people in Florida, we're going to have a gay night."

DeSantis on Monday dismissed critics of the law, which is expected to go into effect on July 1.

"I don't care what Hollywood says," the governor said. "I don't care what big corporations say. Here I stand. I am not backing down."

'Read The Bill': Conservatives Defend Florida Law
Conservatives defended a new law signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday dubbed by opponents as the "Don't Say Gay" bill. In this photo, DeSantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at The Rosen Shingle Creek on February 24, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images