Pa. GOP lawmakers push bill with language broader than Florida’s ‘don’t say gay’ law

Pa. GOP state lawmakers are pushing a bill to limit school instruction that is more expansive than the Florida legislation that has been described by its opponents as the “don’t say gay” law. Republican lawmakers and supporters framed the legislation, House Bill 2813, as a way to guarantee parental oversight and control over the availability of school materials that they portrayed as increasingly obscene.

But advocates for the LGBTQ community say the bill’s language, like Florida’s, is intentionally vague and meant to create a climate where schools stifle any discussion of LGBTQ people for fear of running afoul of the law, which creates a mechanism for parents to sue schools they feel have provided inappropriate material to their children.

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