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Fired over transgender pronoun mandate, Virginia teacher appeals to state supreme court

A Virginia teacher fired for not using the “preferred pronoun” of a self-identified transgender student has appealed his case to the state supreme court. Peter Vlaming, who taught French in Virginia’s West Point school district for seven years, was suspended and subsequently fired in 2018 for not using a male pronoun to refer to a…Read More

New Mexico’s Dangerous, Discriminatory Assisted Suicide Law

In the midst of a pandemic, the New Mexico state legislature ignored the needs of its constituents—many of whom lack basics like reliable electricity and running water, never mind basic medical care—in favor of passing a dangerous and discriminatory assisted suicide law. This and similar policies in other states have proven the failure of proponents…Read More

California Lifts Capacity Limits on Religious Gatherings Following Supreme Court Ruling

California lifted all capacity restrictions on religious gatherings on Monday, following the Supreme Court’s ruling over the weekend that the state’s restrictions were too harsh. “In response to recent judicial rulings, effective immediately, location and capacity limits on places of worship are not mandatory but are strongly recommended,” the state announced on Monday. The state’s…Read More

Federal Court: Professor Can’t be Forced to Use Trans Pronouns

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that it was unconstitutional for university administrators to punish a Christian professor who wouldn’t use a “trans” student’s preferred gender pronouns. Dr. Nicholas Meriwether teaches philosophy at Shawnee State University. “The university punished Meriwether because he declined a male student’s demand to be referred to as a…Read More

Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Protecting Women’s Sports

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill Friday that prohibits biological males from competing against females in sports. “I signed the bill to preserve women’s athletics and ensure fair competition,” Lee announced on Twitter. “This legislation responds to damaging federal policies that stand in opposition to the years of progress made under Title IX and…Read More

Second Massachusetts city to recognize polyamorous relationships

Cambridge, Massachusetts has redefined domestic partnerships to give relationships involving more than two people the same rights as a married couple. Home to Harvard University, Cambridge is the second city in the state, after its neighbor Sommerville, legally to recognize polyamory. During a March 8 meeting, the Cambridge city council voted to redefine “domestic partnerships,”…Read More

Biden administration moves to reinstate Planned Parenthood funding

The Biden administration announced Thursday that it would rewrite a Trump-era policy that barred federal family planning funding from going to Planned Parenthood and other clinics that refer patients to abortion. The Department of Health and Human Services will rewrite the 2019 rule that withheld federal funding through the Title X Family Planning Program from…Read More