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Judge dismisses claim that schools’ gender-identity protections harm Christian students

Judge dismisses claim that schools’ gender-identity protections harm Christian students

Report from Michigan:

A judge dismissed a lawsuit [in federal court] against Williamston Community Schools over gender-identity provisions of its anti-bullying policy.

[Judge] Jarbou said that the plaintiffs imply that their duty to “live out their faith in all areas of life including defending their faith in public” extends to opposing the schools’ policy. The parents fear that opposition would be “characterized as ‘bullying and hate speech’” and punished.

“Yet Plaintiffs’ complaint is bereft of allegations that any student, either one of their own children or any other, has ever been punished or threatened with punishment under the Challenged Policies for expressing dissent or disapproval of another student’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Nor do the allegations specify what Plaintiffs intend to do or say, beyond vague intentions to “defend[] their faith” that would violate the Challenged Policies. Such generalized assertions are insufficient.”

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