THE VILLAGES, Florida (LifeSiteNews) — Florida’s Ron DeSantis slammed the Biden Administration for “trying to deny school lunch programs to states that don’t do transgender ideology in the schools.”
The governor made the remarks during a June 2 press conference at The Villages, the community where he signed the Florida state budget.
“[Biden] is totally off his rocker to be doing that,” said DeSantis
“We’re fighting on that, [and] we’re just prepared to be able to defend the taxpayers and the hard-working people in the state of Florida.”
DeSantis’ comment was in response to a May 5 rule governing the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) federal funding of school lunches. The new guidance interpreted Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 “to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
Further, under the new USDA rule, schools must “update their non-discrimination policies and signage to include prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation” or otherwise the institutions would lose their federal funding for lunch programs.
The Biden Administration has consistently imposed their LGBT agenda upon the various departments of government. Back in March, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a statement in support of “gender-affirming care,” which includes transgender surgeries and drugs.
Under the DeSantis’ leadership, Florida has resisted the transgender ideology imposed by the Biden administration. In April, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo issued guidelines warning against gender transition surgeries, puberty blockers, and cross-sex hormones for children and adolescents, citing scientific evidence from the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
Today, the Florida Department of Health released guidance pushing back on @HHSGov unscientific shift in the treatment of gender dysphoria for children and adolescents.
— Florida Dept. of Health (@HealthyFla) April 20, 2022
On June 2, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) moved to ban Medicare coverage of gender transition surgeries concluding that “the procedures have not been proven safe or effective to treat gender dysphoria”
In a recent move against child drag shows, DeSantis signed legislation on June 7 eliminating the statute of limitations on adults subjecting children to “sexualized performances.” Senate Bill 1244 amends Section 775.15 of the Florida Statue and allows for prosecution at any time of the adult offender.
Because of his conservative record on pro-family and pro-life issues, Gov. Ron DeSantis is widely seen as a top contender for the 2024 US Presidential election. According to a recent poll conducted by the Western Conservative Conference, more conservatives prefer DeSantis, who polled at 71%, than Trump, who scored 68%.
— Michael McGonigle (@mmmcgonigle) June 5, 2022