the Parental Rights in Education bill was passed by the Republican-controlled state Senate on Tuesday, having previously been passed by Florida's House of Representatives on February 24.Addressing the bill hours later during Tuesday's episode of Watch What Happens Live, Cohen, 53, branded the move "one big dog whistle" that is "scaring people into spewing hate and discrimination at the LGBTQ community.""Before we wrap up tonight, I want to address some personally disturbing news coming out of Florida," he said, before explaining the controversial bill, which Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to sign it into law."I have a few things I want to say about this," Cohen told the audience. "First to Florida Republicans, you're pretending to solve a problem that doesn't exist.
There is not a mass conspiracy of kindergarten teachers who are plotting to teach children to be gay."This is one big dog whistle.
You're scaring people into spewing hate and discrimination at the LGBTQ community."Giving examples of potential flaws in the bill, he continued: "While the words 'don't say gay' don't explicitly appear in the bill, as a gay parent, I'm concerned that its deliberately vague language leaves room for it to be interpreted that way."Like, if my son went to school and talked about his gay dad during class and the teacher engaged, under your vague, hateful law, that could be considered illegal?"Cohen went to say that "supporters of this bill, including DeSantis' press secretary, have spread so much misinformation, like suggesting only 'groomers' would oppose it.
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