Florida’s New GOP Governor Makes Sure Everyone Knows How Much He Hates The Gays

The recent Florida Governor’s race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis was hotly contested. As soon as the general election battle started, accusations of racism cropped up, as racist robocalls supporting DeSantis peppered the state’s phone lines, and DeSantis himself said that the Florida voters should not, quote, “monkey this up” by electing Gillum. Everyone knows that comparing African-Americans to apes is as racist as it comes, and the dog whistle was likely not missed by DeSantis’s supporters, regardless of any denials of racist intent. Now that DeSantis is safely in the Governor’s mansion, there is another situation brewing with regards to his bigotry: Homophobia.

Gov. DeSantis has decided to reaffirm the state’s commitment to refusing to discriminate against people based upon surface characteristics – unless you happen to be LGBTQ. Executive Order No. 19-10 states that it is, “Reaffirming Commitment to Diversity in Government.” Of course, conspicuously missing is any protections regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. And given the Republican Party’s bigoted track record here, that should surprise absolutely no one.

Equality Florida’s Joe Saunders had an absolutely stinging response to Ron DeSantis’s overt homophobia as policy:

“Equality Florida is deeply disappointed to see that LGBTQ employees and contractors have been left out of the governor’s executive order.”

Saunders continued:

“It’s hard to believe that Gov. DeSantis and his staff are not aware of the LGBTQ community’s call for these protections following the Pulse tragedy and therefore it is hard to interpret this as anything less than a purposeful omission. As governors across the country establish these critical protections for LGBTQ families, this order draws a stark contrast. We look forward to a dialogue with Gov. DeSantis about why LGBTQ employees have been omitted from this critical policy and how he plans to make sure that all Floridians, regardless of who they are or who they love, can be protected from discrimination.”

Of course, DeSantis’s office is quite on this. He’s a bigot, his voters are bigots, and the Republican Party is just fine with that. Get with the times, GOP. If you don’t want people to say your party is full of bigots, stop acting like bigots, and stop enacting bigotry as policy. Easy peasy.


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