One Texas Judge Thinks He Can Move Walt Disney World to Houston
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has been at the center of a political firestorm due to their very public stance on the controversial "Don't Say Gay" law recently passed in there, but one Texas judge has taken it upon himself to try and turn that situation into a benefit for the Lone Star State.
Florida's "Don't Say Gay" Law Was the First Domino to Fall
According to a report from the Tampa Bay Times, on March 28th of this year House Bill 1557 (officially named the “Parental Rights in Education” bill) was signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (pictured above). The law basically bars educators in public schools from “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity” in kindergarten through 3rd grade. It also prohibits schools from keeping information about students from their parents that would affect a student’s "mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being" unless there is a reason to believe that doing so might result in abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
Disney Supported, Then Opposed the New Florida Law
After initially supporting the bill, Disney CEO Bob Chapek (pictured above, on the left) announced a sharp 180 on the company position with a post made to the official Walt Disney World Facebook page that reads:
To ALL who come to this happy place, welcome. Disney Parks, Experiences and Products is committed to creating experiences that support family values for every family, and will not stand for discrimination in any form. We oppose any legislation that infringes on basic human rights, and stand in solidarity and support our LGBTQIA+ Cast, Crew, and Imagineers and fans who make their voices heard today and every day
Florida's Governor Fires Back at Disney by Ending a Decades-Long Agreement
In response to that statement, Ron DeSantis has stripped Disney of its "special district designation," that has been in place for 55-years. In layman's terms, this designation has allowed the park to provide services such as zoning, fire protection, utilities and infrastructure for the park and surrounding areas. According to Local 10, this move could end up costing Disney a lot in new taxes for services provided by the state.
One Texas Judge Sees This Crisis as an Opportunity
Seeing an opportunity in all of this turmoil, Fort Bend County Judge KP George penned a heartfelt letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek to let him know just how welcome Mickey Mouse and Co. would be in the Lone Star State. He even proposed that Fort Bend County would be an ideal location for the world's happiest place. Then, he posted the letter on Twitter for all of the world to see:
Wouldn't It Be Nice if Disney Was in Texas?
I don't know about you, but I hope Disney does move to Texas! That would mean that family road trips to Mickey's house would be a mere 4 hour drive as opposed to the 15 to 16-hour trek it takes now.