Clergy and members from Metropolitan Community Churches throughout Florida will descend on the state Capitol in Tallahassee on Monday, March 7, to rally in opposition to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which will be considered by the state Senate that day.
House Bill 1557, which cleared the House last week, would prohibit teachers in Florida public schools from discussing any LGBT-related topics. Couched under the auspices of giving parents control over their children’s education, the proposed law would marginalize LGBT students of all ages, and eliminate an important avenue of support for such children.
MCC has 17 churches in Florida, and both clergy and church members will be at the Capitol for a 9 a.m. rally in opposition to the bill. Several legislators are scheduled to speak at the rally on the Capitol steps. MCC volunteer teams will then meet with members of the Senate to explain their opposition to this legislation.
“This legislation would bar teachers from talking about LGBTQ issues, or people, and stigmatize and isolate kids, who already struggle with acceptance, bullying, and higher suicide rates,” said Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, senior pastor of Suncoast MCC in Venice. “Florida, don’t take a step back to the days of Anita Bryant! Protect our kids and teachers, and stop the censorship. Banning speech is as bad as banning books!”
“This legislation is as backward as it could be,” said Rev. Cecilia Eggleston, moderator of MCC Churches around the world. “Throwing ‘red meat’ to political extremists is not in the best interests of Florida, and it’s certainly not in the best interests of Florida’s children. I commend our churches in Florida for taking a stand on this important issue, and I urge all citizens to contact their legislators in opposition.”