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Ohio lawmakers propose parental rights bill similar to controversial Florida legislation


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Ohio lawmakers have proposed a parental rights bill similar to controversial Florida legislation that orders teachers not to engage in classes related to sexual orientation or gender identity with young students.

The legislation, known as House Bill 616 and proposed by Republican state Reps. Mike Loychik and Jean Schmidt, would not allow kindergarten through third grade teachers to “teach, use, or provide any curriculum or educational materials about sexual orientation or gender identity”.

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FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine speaks during a COVID-19 press conference at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. DeWine says Ohio lawmakers must choose another method of capital punishment before executions can be carried out in the future. DeWine also said he had become skeptical of the effectiveness of capital punishment as a deterrent due to the lengthy appeals process. The last execution in Ohio was in July 2018.
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Legislation also requires that teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity be age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for children in grades four through 12.

“Children deserve a quality, fair, unbiased and age-appropriate education,” Loychik, a Republican from northeast Ohio, said in a statement.

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The proposal would also ban the teaching of “dividing or inherently racist concepts”, including critical race theory. This ban is similar to other bills pending before the Ohio legislature that prohibit schools from requiring or coercing Ohio teachers to affirm a belief in the systemic nature of racism or “the multiplicity or the fluidity of gender identities”.

Ohio lawmakers propose parental rights bill similar to controversial Florida legislation

U.S. Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S., February 24, 2022.
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School districts that violate the ban could lose their funding, the sponsors say.

It is unclear if or when the bill could become law. Dan Tierney, spokesman for Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, said it was too early to comment on the legislation. Last year, the governor questioned the need for a GOP proposal to ban transgender girls from competing in sports in Ohio.

Ohio lawmakers propose parental rights bill similar to controversial Florida legislation

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Democrats in Ohio have already begun calling the bill “don’t say gay” legislation, similar to how Democrats and the media treated a recently signed parental rights bill in Florida that bans also classroom instruction related to gender identity and sexuality from kindergarten through third grade.

Neither the Ohio bill nor the Florida bill contains the word “gay” or prohibits teachers from saying that word.

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“In Florida, not only do we know that parents have a right to be involved, but we insist that parents have a right to be involved,” said Republican Florida Governor DeSantis. noted at a press conference announcing the signing of the Florida Parental Rights Bill.

“If the people who have held on degenerate like Harvey Weinstein into role models and heroes and all that, if those are the types of people who oppose us on parental rights, I wear that as a badge of honour.” , DeSantis added, tackling liberal celebrities who smashed the bill. “They don’t want to admit that they support a lot of things that we provide protections against.”

Associated Press contributed to this report

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