Suozzi says comments on radio were 'inartful,' opposes 'Don't Say Gay' law

The gubernatorial candidate was asked about Florida's so-called "Don't Say Gay" law, and called it "reasonable."

News 12 Staff

Apr 19, 2022, 9:54 PM

Updated 735 days ago

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Glen Cove Rep. Tom Suozzi is walking back comments he made on a conservative radio talk show.
Suozzi says his words were taken out of context.
"What happened was the reporter asked me a question about whether or not kids should be taught in kindergarten and first grade about sex and I think he said specifically sex and genitalia," Suozzi says. "I said 'I think that would be reasonable not to do that."
The law bans teachers from talking about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade classrooms.
Suozzi says he opposes Gov. Ron DeSantis and the "Don't Say Gay" law.
"I think I was inartful in the way I discussed it on the radio show," Suozzi says. "The law is just wrong."
President of the LGBT Network on Long Island David Kilmnick says Suozzi called him on Friday after he made the remark.
"He asked me about it, I told him the real intent of it, and how it was really harmful to LGBT children and LGBT families and just everyone in general, and he agreed," Kilmnick says.
Kilmnick says he believes that Suozzi understands how Florida's parental education bill could be dangerous.


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