Florida Republican Lawmaker Files 'Don't Say Gay Flag' Bill

Florida Republican Lawmaker Files 'Don't Say Gay Flag' Bill

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
December 18, 2023

Florida Lawmaker files bill banning Gay pride flags from being flown over government buildings

The “Don’t Say Gay” bill was a conjured-up punchline used by Florida Democrats and media outlets to demonize the Parental Rights in Education bill that was signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis during the 2022 Florida legislative session.

Now, Miami State Rep. David Borrero (R) has refiled his ‘Don’t Say Gay Flag’ bill for the upcoming 2024 legislative session that begins on January 9th in Tallahassee, Florida.

While the parental rights in education measure prohibits the discussion of “sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels,” Rep. Borrero’s HB 901 specifically targets the gay and LGBTQ communities.

According to the bill, a “government agency must remain neutral when representing political viewpoints in displaying or erecting a flag.”

Meaning, that any flag, including a Blue Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter, Pride, or Confederate flag, cannot be flown over any local or state government entity, including “public schools, public colleges, and public universities.”

In addition, Borrero's bill calls for the U.S. Flag to be raised in a “superior” over any other flag that is also displayed at a government building, including the state flag.

Senator Jay Collins (R) filed a companion bill in the Florida Senate that allowed for POW-MIA flags, flags of foreign nations, and flags of the branches of the United States Armed Forces, to be flown. Borrero's measure allows for the U.S., Florida, POW-MIA, and Firefighter Memorial flags to be hoisted.

Borrero’s bill would have only allowed the U.S., Florida, Firefighter Memorial, and POW-MIA flags to be flown at government facilities. Collins’ measure, initially, would have only permitted flags the Governor approves.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at Diversenewmedia@gmail.com

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