A Catholic student-athlete from Exeter, New Hampshire claims he was suspended from a football game for telling his friend there are only two genders.
According to Fox News, a lawsuit was filed in Rockingham Superior Court on November 4, alleging this suspension violated the student’s constitutional right to free speech and the New Hampshire Bill of Rights due to expressing religious beliefs.
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The Portsmouth Herald reported that the suspension occurred after the freshman student had a conversation on the bus over gender with friends over the perceived difficulty in using plural pronouns for an individual in Spanish, which uses masculine and feminine plurals.
Another student then allegedly interrupted and said that there were more than two genders to which the student replied that there weren’t.
The conversation then continued later via text message which the school administrators confiscated.
According to the New York Post, the school policy says students have the right to be addressed by a name and pronoun of their choosing related to their gender identities. It also says those who don’t recognize others’ gender identities or pronouns are violating the policy.
The lawsuit is being filed through a nonprofit Christian organization known as Cornerstone Action. According to their website, “Cornerstone Action and Cornerstone Policy Research are non-partisan, non-profit Christian advocacy organizations dedicated to a New Hampshire where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.”