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Joe Biden condemns Florida’s anti-trans legislation as ‘cruel’ and ‘close to sinful’


President Joe Biden has denounced a wave of anti-trans laws from Republicans in Florida, calling their efforts to ban gender-affirming skincare and enact other anti-LGBTQ policies “cruel” and “almost culpable.”

On Monday’s episode of “The Daily Show”, Actor and former Obama administration staffer Kal Penn spoke with Biden about his support for LGBTQ rights.

Republicans across the country have rolled out an arsenal of laws against the LGBTQ community, including bills to ban drag performanceblock trans athletes play on school teams, and chat at the bar on sexuality and gender identity at school.

Florida Republicans, with the support of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, targeted diversity efforts at the school and extended the infamous “Don’t Say Gay” law he signed last year. DeSantis also attacked gender-affirming care for trans youth, and the Florida house proposed to ban drag shows.

“What’s happening in Florida is, as my mother would say, borderline sinful,” Biden said. “I mean, it’s just terrible what they’re doing.”

The president also called the policies “cruel”.

“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, arguing for federal lawmakers to pass legislation that would thwart restrictions like those passed in Florida and other Republican-controlled states.

“You’re playing with it, you’re breaking the law and you’re going to be held accountable,” Biden added.

Penn also asked Biden how he came to support same-sex and interracial marriages — both of which he signed..

“My father used to drop me off [in high school]. I remember I’m about to get out of the car and I’m looking to my right. Two well-dressed men in suits kissed,” Biden told Penn. “I will never forget, I turned around and looked at my father. He said, ‘Joey, it’s simple. They love each other.’ …and it’s as simple as that.

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