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Virginia high court rules for teacher in transgender debate

The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a lower court ruling that ordered the reinstatement of...
The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a lower court ruling that ordered the reinstatement of a northern Virginia gym teacher who said he won’t refer to transgender students by the pronouns they use.(Storyblocks)
Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 4:43 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a lower court ruling that ordered the reinstatement of a northern Virginia gym teacher who said he won’t refer to transgender students by the pronouns they use.

Loudoun County Public Schools appealed to the state Supreme Court after a judge ruled that the school system violated the free speech rights of teacher Tanner Cross by suspending him after he spoke up at a school board meeting.

Cross, a teacher at Leesburg Elementary, cited his religious convictions when he told the school board at a public meeting that he would not use the pronouns used by transgender students.

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