Chicago-Based Appeals Court Backs Firing of Indiana Teacher Who Refused to Use Transgender Pronouns

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A federal judge ruled in favor of a prior court’s ruling to keep an Indiana music theory teacher fired from his job because he refused to call transgender students by their self-selected pronouns.  Kluge sued the school district with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom alleging religious discrimination while requesting his job back with unspecified money damages.  “Brownsburg has demonstrated as a matter of law that the requested accommodation worked an undue burden on the school’s educational mission by harming transgender students and negatively affecting the learning environment for transgender students, for other students in Kluge’s classes, and in the school and for faculty,” the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.