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Second lawsuit filed challenging Florida law on sexual orientation, gender identity in classroom

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A second lawsuit challenging the state’s new law that restricts the way sexual orientation and gender identity are taught in public schools has been filed and Duval County Public Schools is named as a defendant.

The new challenge claims the law violates the fourteenth amendment, specifically because the law allegedly targets LGBTQ individuals.

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Unlike the first lawsuit filed, this one makes specific claims detailing how the law has already caused damage.

Named in the suit, an Orlando high schooler who claims he was moved to a new history class after sharing a presentation on the Stonewall Riots and an LGBTQ community center, which claims it has seen demand for sessions double since the passage of the law.

That organization, CenterLink, has an office here in Duval County and contracts with the local school district.

The suit argues the vague wording of the law, which prohibits classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3 and requires such instruction to be “age appropriate” thereafter, opens the door for discriminatory and arbitrary application and enforcement.

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At a March press conference in Jacksonville, Governor Ron DeSantis argued opponents had intentionally clouded the true intent and effect of the law, which he claims is aimed at empowering parents to prevent inappropriate material from being taught to their children at school.

“It’s basically saying for our youngest students, four-year-olds, five-year-olds, six years and seven, do you really want them to be being taught about sex — and this is any sexual stuff, but I think clearly right now we see a lot of focus on the transgenderism,” said DeSantis.

Equality Florida also filed a lawsuit in federal court at the end of March. Currently, the court is considering a motion to dismiss that lawsuit.

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