School board members in Florida’s largest district voted against a proclamation celebrating homosexuality and gender confusion at the conclusion of a 12-hour meeting on Wednesday.
The Miami-Dade County School Board voted 5-3 against a resolution that sought to recognize October as “LGBTQ History Month.” Four of the board members who opposed the motion came from individuals whom Governor Ron DeSantis either appointed or helped get elected via his campaign endorsement – Roberto Alonso, Danny Espino, Maria Bosque-Blanco and Monica Colucci. Board Chair Mari Tere Rojas also voted against the proclamation.
The vote came after more than 11 hours of public comment, as scores of parents and local residents showed up to tell the board what they thought about the polarizing proposal.
Board member Monica Colluci added: “Matters of gender identity and sexual orientation are family issues and are parental rights, everyone has the right to introduce these topics to their child when they feel necessary.”