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Virginia Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Teacher Who Refused to Use Transgender Pronouns

he Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a teacher who would not call students by their preferred pronouns should be reinstated.

“The Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling in June that reinstated Loudon County Public Schools teacher Tanner Cross who ruled that the school system violated his free speech after he was suspended following a school board meeting,” The Hill reported.

“The school system suspended Cross, who works at Leesburg Elementary, citing the disruption his comments caused at the school. He cited his religious beliefs at the board meeting where officials had been debating changes to its policies in its treatment of transgender students.”

“Good news! The Virginia Supreme Court rejected Loudoun County Public Schools’ appeal, affirming the Circuit Court’s decision to reinstate Leesburg Elementary School teacher Tanner Cross,” Alliance Defending Freedom Vice President Michael Friel tweeted.

“Teachers shouldn’t be forced to promote ideologies that are harmful to their students and that they believe are false, nor should they be silenced for commenting at a public meeting,” ADF senior counsel Tyson Langhofer said in a statement.

“The lower court’s decision was a well-reasoned application of the facts to clearly established law, as the Virginia Supreme Court found.”

Loudoun County has become known for its controversial debates over transgender issues and critical race theory.

“School boards across the state have been revising their policies to be more inclusive of transgender students in accordance with a new state law,” according to The Associated Press.

“But Loudoun County, outside the nation’s capital, has been a particular flashpoint in the debate over not just transgender students but also how students learn about racism and race relations.”

Cross, a physical education teacher at Leesburg Elementary School, was placed on paid administrative leave after he told the school board in a meeting that he would not use a student’s preferred pronouns because his allegiance belongs to God.

“I’m a teacher, but I serve God first, and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa, because it’s against my religion,” he said during a May 25 meeting, according to WUSA-TV. “It’s lying to a child. It’s abuse to a child. And it’s sinning against our God.”

Cross made the comments when he was voicing his dissent over a proposed district policy that would force teachers and school staff to call “transgender and gender-expansive students” by the name, pronouns and gender they choose.

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