A federal appeals court has rejected a bid by the DeSantis administration and Florida university officials to overturn a temporary restraining order on provisions of the state’s Individual Freedom Act.

Better known as the “Stop WOKE Act,” the measure placed restrictions on the teaching of concepts involving race and gender in higher education. Specifically, it aimed to ban unobjective discussions of any concept that sees one race as morally superior to members of another race, according to court documents filed by members of the Florida Board of Governors of the State University System.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker initially put the restraining order in place, calling the law dystopian and something out of the novel “1984.” But the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on March 16 rejected the appellants’ motion for a stay on the restraining order pending the full outcome of the case in the appeals court.

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