Florida’s first openly gay state lawmakers say equality just part of their priority list
At the first meeting of a new state House education subcommittee this month, a dramatic moment in Florida history passed virtually unnoticed.
Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, saw that as a good sign.
When lawmakers were asked to introduce themselves and provide a little background, some mentioned careers as educators. Others talked of steering their kids through public schools.
When it was Saunders’ turn, he spoke about having lobbied for anti-bullying legislation, approved in 2008. He added, “My partner is also a high school drama teacher, so that helps in my perspective as well.”