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(LifeSiteNews) – Federal Judge Allen Winsor dismissed a challenge to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law Tuesday on the grounds that the “harms” claimed by the LGBT activists who filed the lawsuit could not be traced to enforcement of the law itself.

Earlier this year, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law, which bans schools from teaching children in kindergarten through third grade about transgenderism and other sexuality-related issues, limits discussions of sexuality for older children to “age appropriate” content and requires parents to be informed of any changes that could affect their child’s physical, emotional, or mental well-being.

Left-wing activists and their media allies misleadingly dubbed the measure a “Don’t-Say-Gay Bill,” framing it as a hateful attack on LGBT teachers and students and scoffing at the notion that it tackles a real problem, despite scores of examples of teachers engaging in LGBT activism in schools.

The lawsuit against the law, spearheaded by the LGBT lobbying groups Equality Florida and Family Equality, claimed that it violated educators’ free-speech rights under the First Amendment, due-process rights under the 14th Amendment, and the federal Title IX education law.

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Kim Zember was actively engaged in the LGBTQ lifestyle, but then dedicated her life to Christ and now proudly points young people to "Jesus, the One who loves each person with a radical love that no one else can offer," through her ministry, Overcome Ministries. 

However, Kim's opportunity to speak about chastity, traditional marriage, and true happiness has been suddenly cancelled in the most cowardly way possible — all by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

In a cowardly development, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis is now appealing to an incomplete approval process, claiming that Kim's scheduled appearance at St. Luke Catholic Church is pending review. 

This is a ridiculous reason to silence a traditional persepctive about relationships, healthy living, and the power of faith. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis' appeal to process is a scandal to the Catholic Church and no champion of truth should be cancelled from a Catholic institution for such a weak and transparently insufficient reason. 

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But Fox News reported that Winsor determined the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue on the grounds that “most of plaintiffs’ alleged harm is not plausibly tied to the law’s enforcement so much as the law’s very existence … Plaintiffs contend the law’s passage, the sentiment behind it, the legislators’ motivation, and the message the law conveys all cause them harm. But no injunction can unwind any of that.”

“Plaintiffs’ complaint is replete with allegations showing their asserted injuries flowed from something other than the law’s enforcement,” the judge wrote. “Indeed, they allege that the law’s ‘harmful effects’ were ‘already manifest’ even before the law became effective — before, that is, it even could be enforced,” the dismissal read.

“It should be obvious that harms predating a statute’s enforcement were not caused by the statute’s enforcement,” he added. “And it should be equally obvious that an injunction precluding a statute’s enforcement would not stop harms the statute’s enforcement never caused in the first place.”

The parental rights law drew national condemnation from the Biden administration as well as left-wing entertainment giant Disney, the latter of which contributed to Florida lawmakers’ decision to revoke the “special district” status enjoyed by the corporation’s theme park in the Sunshine State.

DeSantis has stood by the law, which has led to Florida schools removing objectionable materials from their curriculums.

“As students head back to their classrooms this fall, I’m happy to clear up any ‘confusion’ the media may have about appropriate curriculum,” DeSantis said in August, adding that “Math, Reading, Writing,” were appropriate, and “CRT, Sexualized Content, Transgender Ideology” were not. “Florida schools will educate children, not indoctrinate them,” he vowed.

The governor’s actions to crack down on left-wing proselytizing in education have contributed to a reputation DeSantis has established as one of the most proactive and conservative leaders in America, generating interest in him as a possible candidate for president in 2024.


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