Friday, April 21, 2023

ANNALS OF DeSANTISTAN: Former Maryland Gov. Hogan criticizes DeSantis over Fla. ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law (Washington Blade)

Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a second-generation Republican elected official, speaks out. 

Governor Hogan is right.

Florida Governor RONALD DION DeSANTIS is wrong. 

From The Washington Blade: 

Hogan criticizes DeSantis over Fla. ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

Former Md. governor appeared on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday 





Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over his state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law he signed last year.

The law, the Parental Rights in Education Act, limits discussion in classrooms about sexual orientation and gender identity while also restricting student privacy rights when confiding with school counselors or administrators about these topics. The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature is also considering a bill that would prevent children from attending drag shows.

Hogan on Sunday told CNN’s “State of the Union” the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law is an “absurd” form of legislation.

The former Maryland governor also criticized DeSantis for publicly arguing with the Walt Disney Company over the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. This is a rare occasion in which elected members of different states, but the same party, openly criticize the inner workings of another. 

Hogan and DeSantis are both Republicans.

“I didn’t really actually see the details of the legislation, but the whole thing seems like just a crazy fight,” said Hogan.

After being urged to speak out, Disney — an entertainment giant that accounts for the majority of Florida’s tourism industry — publicly condemned the legislation. DeSantis in response said that he would be “receptive” to revoking a more than 50-year-old law that grants the Walt Disney Company the ability to self-govern its property. 

Disney’s vow to try and help repeal the law prompted outrage among Republican lawmakers in Florida and spurred calls to repeal the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which gives the conglomerate the ability to govern the territory its park sits on. 

Hogan said he was “concerned” with DeSantis’ use of freedom of speech, arguing how it was a double-standard perspective on a constitutional right that equally protected all sides of the political spectrum.

“We have a thing called freedom of speech. They can come out and say what they think. I think the bill was kind of absurd and not something that would have happened in our state [Maryland],” Hogan said.

Hogan has announced he will not run for president in 2024. DeSantis is expected to announce his White House bid in the coming months.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These laws are not because of some pressing need to solve an important problem. These laws are an attempt to use police power to enforce a certain culture and belief system upon everyone in society. In light of that, there are things that the DOJ should be doing yet we don't see it happening.