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Editorial: Storm clouds engulf Florida

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It's likely that Florida is about to become the first state in the U.S. to have a Russian-style anti-LGBTQ propaganda law. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who's up for reelection this year, has indicated he will sign the so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill, which passed in the Florida House and state Senate.

While its Russian counterpart signed by President Vladimir Putin in 2013 is much broader and prohibits distribution of any information about LGBTQs to minors, Florida House Bill 1557, the Parental Rights in Education bill, would prevent teachers from talking about LGBTQ+ issues or people in kindergarten through third grade.

It would undermine existing protections for LGBTQ+ students. Florida is dominated by Republican lawmakers and DeSantis is widely considered to be a 2024 presidential candidate.

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