President Joe Biden criticized Florida’s regulation of medical care for transgender children and ban on gender ideology in the classroom, calling the measures “almost sinful,” as EWTN reports.
In an interview with Daily Show guest host Kal Penn, Biden said, “What’s going on in Florida is, as my mother would say, almost sinful. I mean, it’s just horrible what they’re doing.”
While the president did not name the laws he was referring to, Republican lawmakers in Florida and other states have introduced bills and regulations to protect children from transgender medical procedures and to restrict the teaching of gender ideology.
In his interview, Biden added that federal legislation may be needed to prevent states from passing certain laws that affect transgender policies related to children.
“It’s not like a child wakes up one morning and says, ‘I’ve decided I want to be a man or a woman,’” the President said. “I mean, what are they thinking about here? They are human beings, they love and have feelings. … This is cruel. We [should] make sure we pass [federal] laws like we did with same-sex marriage. If you take offense to that, you’re breaking the law and you’re held accountable.”
In Florida, a ban on transgender surgery and medication for children, enacted by the state’s medical board, went into effect on 16 March. Lawmakers have also proposed legislation that would ban medical procedures for transgender persons.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a law preventing schools from promoting gender ideology to children from kindergarten through third grade through discussions of transgenderism and sexual orientation. The law requires that such discussions in later grades be age-appropriate.