Florida’s Ron DeSantis health administration is pushing back against President Joe Biden after he says the state’s laws relating to transgender youth are “sinful”.
Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Jason Weida tells DailyMail.com that the federal government pushing these gender dysmorphies to undergo surgery as minors is the real ‘sin’ and is “decades behind other developed countries”.
Biden said in a clip from an interview released Monday that Florida’s laws are “cruel” as the supermajority Republican Legislature returned to session this month and plans to pass a series of laws that it says critics, are anti-LGBTQ.
It has emerged that the president’s attack on DeSantis and initiatives in his state are in preparation for a one-on-one presidential election with the governor who has yet to announce a White House bid but is expected to enter. in the GOP primary in matters of the month.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ health office says Biden’s administration pushing transgender surgeries for gender-dysmorphic youth is a “sin” after the president used the same word to describe the laws of Florida.
President Joe Biden told Daily Show guest host Kal Penn in a clip released Monday from a White House interview that Florida’s LGBTQ rights laws are “sinful” and “cruel”.
A clip posted on Monday’s episode of The Daily Show offered a glimpse of Biden being interviewed by guest host Kal Penn at the White House.
Florida Health Care Agency Secretary of Administration Jason Weida (pictured) told DailyMail.com that the government pushing young people with gender dysmorphia to have surgery is a ‘sin’ and ‘decades of lagging behind other developed countries”
The actor and comedian, known for his starring role in Harold & Kumar, took a break in 2009 to work at the White House for more than two years as associate director of the Office of Public Engagement under President Barack Obama . He returned to acting in 2011 with the television series How I Met Your Mother.
Penn also came out as gay in November 2021 and revealed his engagement to longtime partner Josh.
During the session, Biden claims recent laws in Florida, many led by DeSantis, are ‘cruel’ and the clip features the president revealing his ‘epiphany’ moment in high school when he decided being gay was OK in his book.
“It’s just terrible what they’re doing,” Biden said in a preview clip.
Republican lawmakers in Florida have introduced several bills this session that activists say are regressive and will disenfranchise members of the LGBTQ community.
“The ‘gender affirmation’ model pushed by the Biden administration is decades behind other developed countries, including Sweden and more recently Norway,” Weida told DailyMail.com.
“What is ‘sinful’ is the establishment pushing harmful surgeries and treatments with long term effects on minors without accountability or transparency.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who could announce a presidential run any day, is leading a series of laws that would prevent minors from receiving transgender health care and surgeries.
Opponents of the bill in the Sunshine State say the governor is using the pretense of education and parental rights to implement laws they deem anti-gay and anti-transgender.
A bill, for example, would ban transgender surgeries and health care, such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy, for children who say they are of the opposite sex they were born into.
Weida said Florida’s new laws are consistent with what was found after the state Agency for Health Care Administration conducted a 2022 review of services promoted by Biden and the federal government for treat gender dysmorphia in minors.
“Last year, the Agency conducted an extensive review of several federally promoted services to treat gender dysphoria and found that these services – sex reassignment surgery, cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers – do not meet widely accepted professional medical standards and are investigational and investigational with the potential for long-term harmful effects,” he said.
DeSantis released his memoir The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival last month and is currently on a book tour that many consider a pre-presidential candidacy announcement trip across the states.
The book and priorities of Florida’s current legislative sessions are seen primarily as a platform on which DeSantis would campaign once he launches a 2024 bid for the GOP nomination.
The Parental Rights in Education Act, which the governor signed into law last year, has been dubbed by critics the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill – because it blocked educators from including in their school curriculum discussions about gender identity or sexual orientation. The law currently includes children in kindergarten through third grade, but the Florida legislature is now considering expanding it to include minors through eighth grade.
“It’s not like, you know, a kid wakes up one morning and says, ‘You know, I’ve decided I want to be a man, or I want to be a woman, or I want to change. I mean, what are they thinking? They are human beings. They like. They have feelings,’ Biden said when meeting with Penn.
“It’s cruel,” the president added of Florida’s laws targeting minors.
When Penn asked about the “evolution” of his views on marriage equality, the president said it dated back to when he was in high school.
Biden spoke with Kal Penn in an extensive interview for The Daily Show. Part of the clip released on Monday shows the pair discussing when Biden had the ‘epiphany’ in high school that gay marriage was OK
Kal Penn with his longtime partner, Josh. The comedian/actor came out as gay and got engaged in November 2021.
“I remember exactly when my reveal was,” Biden said before telling a story about his senior in high school when he saw “two well-dressed men in suits” kissing.
‘I’ll never forget. I turned around and looked at my father. He said, ‘Joey, it’s simple. They love each other,” he recalls.
“It’s as simple as that,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a gay or straight couple, you should be able to get married.” What is the problem?’
“Transgender kids are a really tougher thing,” Biden told Penn. “What’s happening in Florida is, as my mother would say, borderline sinful.”
While Biden says he came to accept same-sex marriage as a teenager, a 2006 video distributed during the 2020 presidential election shows then-Senator Biden speaking out against same-sex marriage.
“Marriage is between a man and a woman, and states have to respect that,” Biden said in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press as he defended the anti-gay Defending Marriage Act at the time. .
Biden, a longtime senator from Delaware before becoming vice president and then president, voted against the federal marriage amendment in 2004 and 2006, saying the measure was not worth Congress’s time.