Florida Republicans slammed Disney Tuesday after the company promised to help strike down the Parental Rights in Education Act—referred to by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” law—after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the legislation, as DeSantis said Disney’s comments “crossed a line” and a sponsor of the bill returned campaign donations from the company.

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Disney said in a statement Monday after DeSantis signed HB 1557 into law that its “goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts” by supporting advocacy groups challenging the law, adding it “should never ” have been passed or enacted.

DeSantis told Reporters Tuesday Disney’s statement was “fundamentally dishonest” and “crossed a line,” adding that Florida is not governed “based on the demands of California corporate executives.”

DeSantis pointed out Disney did not speak out against HB 1557 before the bill was passed—which they’ve been widely criticized for—saying Florida’s House Speaker told him “Disney never called him” when the bill was going through the legislature.

Florida State Rep. Joe Harding (R), who sponsored HB 1557, said in a statement Tuesday his campaign has returned Disney’s political donations due to the company’s opposition against the law, saying in a statement the company’s “rejection of common sense, parents-first principles gives me no other choice but to return their donations.”

Disney had donated $3,000 to Harding since January 2021, Florida Politics reportsthough the company has more recently paused all of its political donations in Florida after coming under fire for supporting Harding and other GOP legislators who supported HB 1557.

Disney has not yet responded to a request for comment.


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