Florida Lawmaker Stands By Claim That Common Core Turns Kids Gay

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Republican Florida Rep. Charles Van Zant prays during the 2011 legislative session.

A Florida lawmaker who garnered controversy this week after ThinkProgress reported his claim that new educational standards are a secret plot to turn children gay is standing by his comments.

During an anti-Common Core conference in March, State Rep. Charles Van Zant argued that the group implementing Florida’s new education program are sectrely trying to “attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can.” He told the crowd that he was “sorry to report that” information “but you need to know.”

Appearing on News 4 in Jacksonville on Tuesday, Van Zant (R) didn’t back down from any of his claims. He reiterated that the American Institutes for Research, responsible for Florida’s Common Core policies, is “supportive” of “the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender agenda.”

“I don’t believe that that has any place being introduced into Florida’s schools,” Van Zant said. He called for Florida’s curricula to only teach courses like history and civics, subjects which he seems to believe are wholly devoid of gay people.

VAN ZANT: If you just go look on their website,, you see that they’re very much in support and say on their website that they’re supportive and provide all sorts of research data and things regarding the LGBT agenda, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender agenda. I don’t believe that that has any place being introduced into Florida’s schools. I further do not believe that we have a place to make that a part of Florida’s curricula. If they’re of that mindset, then I believe we need people that are going to major on what’s real in education, what the child should be learning, the basic three R’s, learning history, learning American history, learning civics, and doing those things that a parent expects to be able to send their child to school to learn.

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A number of groups in the Sunshine State have condemned Van Zant’s statements, including Equality Florida and the Florida Democratic Party.