At Shawnee State University in Ohio, a public university, a biological male student complained because Nicholas Merriweather, a university professor, refused to address him/her as Ms. The transgender student said he now considers himself/herself to be a female and believed that the professor should address him as such. The professor professed himself to be a Christian, and he said that his faith forbade him from using the student’s preferred pronoun when, to all outward appearances, the student remained a male. To him, it was a matter of conscience.
The student took his complaint to university officials, and they insisted that Merriweather comply with the student’s wishes. The professor offered a compromise and said that he would address the student only by name. The university said no to that suggestion. Merriweather then said he would address the transgender as Ms or Miss if he was allowed to explain in the syllabus that the university was requiring him to use a student’s preferred mode of address. Again, the University refused his offer of compromise and threatened to fire him.
Meriweather, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, appealed to the courts. The suit was originally rejected by a lower Federal court, but a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in the professor’s favor and reinstated his lawsuit.
Shawnee State refused to issue a statement because of pending litigation.
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