Parents Sue DeSantis Over LGBT Book Ban

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Three mothers in Florida, Stephana Ferrell, Anne Watts Tressler, and Nancy Tray are going to be suing the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) over the book bans and policies that his administration has pushed forward. The lawsuit comes after one of the three women had been stopped from defending a book that the school district had removed from the library. 

The three women have argued that the Florida law had made it much easier for parents who had issues with specific books in the classroom to have them removed. They added that the book bans were in violation of their First Amendment rights as the parents who wanted to oppose a book removal did not have any proper recourse, they could use in order to defend the title. 

In a statement one of the groups that is defending the trio, Democracy Forward argued that the plaintiffs were looking for their local school boards to be reviewed over their decision to remove or restrict certain books from the school districts. However, under the current structure, there is no way for them to seek that review. 

The women had made the filing in the U.S. District Court of Florida’s Northern District with three groups, Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, and Democracy Forward representing them. 

The lawsuit specifically notes that Ferrell had wanted to challenge the book “Shut Up!” by Marilyn Reynolds from being removed. However, school officials responded by noting that the appeal process was just for the removal of books and that she could not challenge the request to have a book removed from the shelves.

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