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Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by professor who refused to use transgender pronouns

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A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a Shawnee State University professor who alleged his constitutional rights were violated when he was disciplined for refusing to identify a transgender female student by her preferred sex. (MGN)

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a Shawnee State University professor who alleged his constitutional rights were violated when he was disciplined for refusing to identify a transgender female student by her preferred sex.

Philosophy professor Nicholas Meriwether sued more than a dozen University officials, arguing his First Amendment rights and right to freely exercise his Christian faith were violated when he was required to identify the student as "Ms." or by no gender identifier at all.

A judge in Cincinnati found Meriwether's classroom speech was not protected by the First Amendment and Shawnee State's policies did not target his religious practices.

Meriwether has a month to appeal.

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