Disney has filed a lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, alleging that he is trying to take control of the state’s theme park district through a “targeted campaign of government retaliation” because the company objected to a law that critics have dubbed “Don’t Say Gay.”
The law actually revolves around the elimination of federal funding for teaching sexual behavior, orientation, and gender identity to children in kindergarten through third grade. Many Republican lawmakers support the bill, while critics claim that it is an attempt to erase LGBTQ+ identities.
DeSantis, who frequently criticizes Disney’s new company principles as “woke,” is accused of targeting the company for its political views. The conflict began when Disney challenged state legislation that inhibited teachers from teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity to young students.
DeSantis retaliated by taking control of Disney World’s self-governing district and forming a new board of supervisors to manage governmental services at the theme parks. However, the conflict escalated when the DeSantis-appointed Disney World oversight board invalidated a contract that gave Disney control over theme park design and construction, leading to the current lawsuit.
The conflict has been criticized by business leaders and DeSantis’s competitors for the presidency, who see it as a rejection of conservative principles of limited government.