Dem lawmaker comes out in support of Florida’s parental rights bill

Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) has his fellow Democrats fuming.

That’s because according to the Daily Caller, Suozzi just called Florida’s new parental rights bill — the one that the Democrats have been up in arms about — “reasonable.” 

“It’s just common sense”

Suozzi, who is currently running as a Democrat to become New York’s next governor, discussed the new Florida bill Thursday during an appearance on WABC’s Bernie & Sid in the Morning.

“I think it’s a very reasonable law not to try to get kids in kindergarten to be talking about sex,” Suozzi said. “I wish it wouldn’t become such a hot button issue where people are just attacking each other—it’s just common sense.”

Suozzi continued with an attempt to placate his fellow Democrats.

“I’m very much in favor of equal rights,” he said. “I’m very much in favor of treating gay people fairly and treating them like the human beings they are.”

Background

The formal name of the Florida legislation is the “Parental Rights in Education” bill. The Daily Caller reports that it “prohibits classroom discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3 and requires school districts to notify parents of any changes to their child’s physical, mental or emotional health, except in cases of child abuse.”

The outlet adds that the bill also “instructs school administrators to alert parents of health services provided to students.”

As stated earlier, Democrats across the country have been publicly denouncing the bill. Among them is the current governor of New York, Kathy Hochul (D), whom Suozzi is running against.

“The ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill that far-right Republicans in Florida are pushing through is hateful, discriminatory, and dangerous,” Hochul wrote in February. “Let me be clear: In New York, we will always stand up for the rights of our LGBTQ+ community.”

Suozzi remains firm

Suozzi was criticized by his fellow Democrats for the statement that he made on the radio in support of the Florida law. But, Suozzi subsequently released another statement in which he made it clear that he is not backing down.

“Let me be clear, as I said on the radio, I fully support LGBTQ and equal rights,” he said. “I absolutely do not support the Florida governor in most policies he supports. But I think it is reasonable that kids in kindergarten and first grade are not taught about their sexual orientation in school…Maybe this isn’t a politically correct position but it certainly seems like common sense to me.”

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