The idea that Democrats as a whole are going to be paying the price (in actual dollars) is a lofty statement and I’m not seeing a lot of evidence in any other articles so support this idea, considering other analysts are saying it’s going to be the residents in Orange and neighboring Osceola County in Florida that will be seeing their taxes raised by up to 20% [https://www.npr.org/2022/04/22/1094316591/disney-world-desantis-florida-counties-taxes].
Additionally, the idea that this “Don’t Say Gay” bill is just about teachers not being able to talk about their own sexual orientations and preferences is false. While yes, the bill itself doesn’t contain the word “gay,” it forbids teachers in the state of Florida from talking at all about gender identity and LGBTQ issues in the classroom. There are many parents who support this bill because they agree with Governor Desantis on the notion that parents should be leading this conversation, not teachers – however, this opinion piece misrepresents what the bill is entirely about.
Disney is not the first large corporation to come out in support of or against legislation. Consider just one of the controversies of Hobby Lobby, an American company that sells arts and crafts supplies:
Additionally, the iconic statement I will never forget by Mitt Romney in his 2012 Presidential Campaign:
What I see the act of stripping Disney of its self-governing status in response to its criticism of the new anti-LGBTQ law is a stunt by Governor Desantis to position himself well for a 2024 presidential candidate for the Republican nomination. Both the anti-LGBTQ bill and the revoking of Disney’s self-governing powers won’t actually happen until June of next year, however it may face some constitutional challenges:
Time will tell what happens to Disney World; perhaps this will end up being challenged in the Supreme Court, or maybe things will move forward and they will lose their self-governing status. Either way, we have mid-terms coming up in the fall and we can expect to see more of these legislative actions on schools, healthcare (the ongoing efforts to overturn Roe vs. Wade), and I guess Disney now..