In August 2023, claims began to spread on social media platforms that Disney World had annulled Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' marriage.
The claim spread amid a feud between DeSantis (who announced his candidacy for U.S. president in May) and the Walt Disney Company, which began when Disney opposed a state law that prohibited classroom instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through the third grade. In a previous fact check, Snopes confirmed that DeSantis got married at Disney World in 2009.
A TikTok video posted on Aug. 6, 2023, showed a tweet that said, "BREAKING: Disney World just announced they officially annulled Ron DeSantis's marriage because he got married there, and they invalidated his marriage license."
At the time of writing, the TikTok had over 130,000 views. In addition to finding the original post on Twitter (which was recently rebranded "X"), we also found posts that included the claim on Facebook. We also received reader mail about the claim.
The claim is satirical. The Halfway Post is a Twitter account run by comedian Dash MacIntyre, who wrote in the account's bio:
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We've previously fact-checked satirical posts from The Halfway Post before, including one that claimed a Florida judge ruled the Bible should be banned as well as another that claimed Grindr threatened to reveal GOP politicians who used the app.
For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor.