Professor Who Refused To Call a Transgender Student 'Ms' Rather Than 'Mr' Wins in Court | 22 Words

A philosophy professor has filed a lawsuit after he was reprimanded for refusing to use a student's preferred pronouns...

And what's worse? He won. Here's the full story...

Now, this kind of news proves more needs to be done to protect transgender rights...

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For centuries, the LGBTQ+ community has been wrongfully discriminated against, meaning that people who identify in such a way haven't felt the confidence to come out and embrace their true selves.

But, as the years have trickled by...

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The fight for acceptance and equality has grown.

Since the birth of Gay Pride in 1969, millions have marched for gay rights...

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And the movement is showing no signs of slowing down today.

We've definitely come a long way.

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Here in the States, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger and prouder than ever before.

In Congress, we now have a number of openly-gay and trans congressmen and women...

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And, in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as a legal right across the country.

Obviously, this was a landmark moment in the community's fight for equality.

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Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the plaintiffs asked "for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

Fast forward 6 years, and the community is thriving...

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However, not everyone is as accepting.

An Ohio college professor refused to use a transgender student's preferred pronouns...

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And now he has won his case before a federal appeals court.

People are outraged...

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In a unanimous ruling, the court said that Shawnee State University violated Prof. Nicholas Meriwether's rights of free speech...

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And free exercise of religion by punishing him for his refusal to use correct pronouns.

Meriwether, a devout Christian, sued Shawnee State...

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Claiming that they infringed on his religious belief that gender is "fixed from the moment of conception."

The court's decision upheld Meriwether's argument...

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"The First Amendment interests are especially strong here because Meriwether's speech also relates to his core religious and philosophical beliefs," Judge Amul Thapar wrote.

"If professors lacked free-speech protections when teaching, a university would wield alarming power to compel ideological conformity," Thapar added...

Who was seen as a contender for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the US Supreme Court.

Meriwether was reprimanded back in 2016...

After a transgender student complained that he used the pronoun "Mr." instead of "Ms."

This ruling means the professor can pursue a lawsuit seeking damages.

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"Nobody should be forced to contradict their core beliefs just to keep their job," said John Bursch, a lawyer with the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom.

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