June 18, 2024


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Florida parental rights invoice sponsor rejects and returns Disney donations immediately after business protests legislation

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A Florida Republican lawmaker who sponsored a controversial parental legal rights monthly bill that has been publicly opposed by the Disney company has declared he is supplying back again political donations he acquired from the business. 

“What has turn into distinct to me is Disney is no extended the business Walt Disney launched,” Rep. Joe Harding instructed Fox News Digital on Wednesday. “Disney has regurgitated the lies place out by the president and the Democratic Party and no matter of the charge I do not want any affiliation with them. If Disney is now the enemy of mother and father then Disney is now my enemy.”

FILE PHOTO: Fireworks go off around Cinderella's castle during the grand opening ceremony for Walt Disney World's Fantasyland 

FILE Photo: Fireworks go off around Cinderella’s castle through the grand opening ceremony for Walt Disney World’s Fantasyland 
(REUTERS/Scott Audette/File Photo)

Harding stated that he will be returning $3,126 in political donations involved with Disney.

“As a organization whose key audiences are younger children and families, Disney has let us down as a result of its complicity with the fake narratives pushed by liberal media, who have continuously mischaracterized the material of my laws,” Harding additional in a push release. “Some radical features of our modern society are embracing an plan that moms and dads are unsuited to be dad and mom and that universities have a key job in identifying when and how young small children are uncovered to sexual topics. I invite Disney to rethink its posture and be part of forces with all those of us who assist moms and dads first.”


Harding’s shift arrives times soon after Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a 7-webpage bill into legislation that prohibits the instruction of sexual orientation and gender identification in kindergarten by way of third grade school rooms. 

Disney, which operates Walt Disney World in Florida, has publicly slammed Republicans over the bill and some workers of the enterprise walked out of perform past 7 days to show their disapproval with the two the invoice and a perceived lack of opposition from Disney leadership when the monthly bill was initial being debated.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey DeSantis walk at Ocala International Airport in Ocala, Florida, Oct. 23, 2020. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey DeSantis wander at Ocala International Airport in Ocala, Florida, Oct. 23, 2020. 
(REUTERS/Tom Brenner)


“Florida’s HB 1557, also identified as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ invoice, should really by no means have passed and should really never have been signed into legislation,” Disney stated in a statement on Monday soon after the bill was passed. “Our aim as a firm is for this legislation to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we keep on being dedicated to supporting the countrywide and state businesses functioning to reach that. We are dedicated to standing up for the rights and security of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney relatives, as effectively as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the region.”

The monthly bill, which passed the Republican-controlled condition legislature this thirty day period, has been dubbed the “Really don’t Say Gay” invoice by Democrats who misleadingly assert it bans any discussion pertaining to remaining homosexual in Florida faculties. 

The invoice does prohibit classroom instruction on “sexual orientation” and “gender id” with children in third grade or young, “or in a method that is not age-acceptable or developmentally ideal for college students in accordance with condition expectations.”

The invoice does not ban the term “homosexual” in university configurations, and it does not ban everyday conversations of topics relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom.

DeSantis responded to Disney’s criticism and mentioned the corporation “crossed the line.”

“This condition is governed by the interest of the people today of the point out of Florida. It is not based mostly on the requires of California corporate executives,” DeSantis claimed. “They do not operate this point out. They do not control this state.”  

(Courtesy Rep. Joe Harding)

DeSantis added, “[Disney] didn’t look to have a issue with it when it was heading by means of. If this was this kind of an affront, why weren’t they speaking up at the outset? And then for them to say they’re going to actively operate to repeal substantive protections for mothers and fathers as a corporation that is supposedly advertising its companies to mother and father with young young children — I assume they crossed the line.” 

Recent polling has revealed that the invoice is well-liked among Florida voters which includes 52% of most likely voters in the Democratic major who say that they oppose the sort of instructing that the invoice prohibits.

Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.