A federal appeals court has rejected Florida’s request to enforce its “Stop WOKE” law championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, maintaining a block on some of its provisions while challenges play out in court.
DeSantis, a Republican, signed the legislation, passed by the GOP-led state Legislature, in April of last year. Tallahassee U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in November temporarily blocked some provisions in the law — which restricts discussions of race, gender and inequality — from being enforced in public colleges and universities, calling it “positively dystopian.”
DeSantis’ administration then appealed the ruling and asked the court to lift Walker’s injunction. That motion was denied by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.