Massachusetts AG Maura Healey backs suit against Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

Attorney General Maura Healey joined AGs from 14 other states and the District of Columbia in filing a lawsuit challenging the legality of Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Healey, who is openly gay, signed onto a court briefing that was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The suit challenges the constitutionality of a law that prohibits teaching and discussion related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the sunshine state’s K-3 public school classrooms.

According to Healey’s office, the lawsuit — Equality Florida v. DeSantis — was filed on “behalf of students, parents, teachers, and LGBTQ+ rights groups in opposition to Florida’s law, and asks the court to deny Florida’s motion to dismiss.”

“Florida’s hate-fueled law is the censorship of LGBTQ+ issues at a time when school committees should be creating an educational environment that is inclusive of everyone,” said Healey, a Democrat running for governor of Massachusetts.

“With my colleagues across the country, we are asking the court to put an end to this radical policy and protect LGBTQ+ young people and their families from further harm.”

The “Don’t Say Gay” bill was signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in late March, and went into effect on July 1.

DeSantis, a possible 2024 GOP presidential contender, fired one of Florida’s top prosecutors this week for pledging to ignore current or future restrictions on abortion or gender-reassignment surgeries on minors, the New York Post reported.

“We are going to make sure our laws are enforced and no individual prosecutor puts himself above the law,” DeSantis said Thursday.

Also signing onto the lawsuit were attorneys general from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Oregon.