Disney promised Monday to support efforts to strike down Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act—known by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill—after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed it into law, saying the law “should never” have been enacted after the company drew widespread criticism for not doing more to oppose it before the bill was passed.

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Disney said in a statement that its “goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts” and the company is “committed to supporting” organizations working to achieve that.

HB 1557 “should never have passed and should never have been signed into law,” the company, whose Florida Walt Disney World resort is the country’s largest single-site employer, said.

The statement came shortly after DeSantis signed HB 1557, which prohibits classroom instruction related to “sexual orientation or gender identity” up until the third grade, and restricts it in higher grades if it’s “in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate “

Disney worked behind the scenes to amend the bill’s language—and was unsuccessful—but was criticized for not doing more to publicly oppose the bill before it passed, and while Disney CEO Bob Chapek said After the bill passed he would meet with DeSantis in an effort to get him to veto it, DeSantis’ office said Disney’s outreach did not affect the governor’s support for the bill.

DeSantis has slammed Disney as being too “woke” for its last-minute opposition to HB 1557 and criticized it and other companies that are against the legislation Monday, saying before signing the bill he doesn’t “care what big corporations say…I’m not backing” down.”


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