Professor Prevails in Preferred Pronoun Lawsuit

The Sixth Circuit Court ruled unanimously a First Amendment lawsuit filed by an Ohio professor against his employer could proceed after he refused to use a student’s “preferred pronouns.” Left-wing outlets are warning the decision legalizes open discrimination.


A federal circuit court ruled in favor of an Ohio professor suing his employer for attempting to compel him to use a student’s preferred pronouns.

  • Nicholas Meriwether, a professor at Shawnee State University, claimed his First Amendment rights were violated when university officials forced him to “speak in a way that contradicts his Christian beliefs.”
  • The university, according to the Sixth Circuit Court’s opinion, was “derisive and scornful” of Meriwether and his religious convictions, with one school employee suggesting that Christians should not be allowed to teach any courses on Christianity because they are “primarily motivated out of fear.”
  • The circuit court’s decision sends Meriwether’s lawsuit back to a lower court, which had previously dismissed his case saying the speech code was part of his job and not a violation of his First Amendment rights.


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