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The Virginia Supreme Court ruled in favor of Peter Vlaming, a high school teacher fired for refusing to use male pronouns to refer to a biological female student.

The court found that the school board had violated both the Virginia state constitution and the Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The court emphasized that the state cannot compel individuals to include specific content in their speech, especially when it violates their faith. (Trending: Devastating News For Hunter Biden After Defying Subpoena)

“Absent a truly compelling reason for doing so, no government committed to these [founding] principles [of the state and nation] can lawfully coerce its citizens into pledging verbal allegiance to ideological views that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs,” Justice D. Arthur Kelsey wrote.

According to the Virginia constitution, “religion … can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience.”

The state may not “direct” Vlaming to use pronouns which his faith teaches him are “objectively untrue,” as his faith states that “sex is fixed in each person, and that it cannot be changed, regardless of feelings or desires.”

This ruling reaffirms the protection of religious liberty and fundamental human rights.

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