Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill has gone into effect, and the idiots who passed it should have been careful what they wished for because they are really gonna get it:

Is this real?
Don't know. Don't care

The point is not whether this is a just-so story or an actual email from a teacher. The point is, that the bigots who wrote the law thought it might not pass if they made explicit the hetero-normative bias they hold. If they had literally said, Cis-gender and heterosexual and binary is the ONLY thing that's acceptable, by the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jayzuss.

So they left that part tacit and... guess what? Tacit does not work so well in black-letter law.

Ideas for how to be compliant with the law could easily lead to something like the Dear Florida Parent note above. In fact, it might have to.

Now, they will deny with every breath that the motivation for the law is religious. And at the highest level it's probably true: more like the cynical idea to whip their base into a frenzy, scapegoating people who are least able to defend themselves. But the Florida voters who keep these creeps in power? They are much more interested in feeding their fear, hatred and bigotry than applying the genuine idea of the Bill of Rights. They don't care that religion makes garbage law, because they somehow remain confident it's never coming for them.

This article was updated on May 9, 2023

David F