(TheProudRepublic.com) – In a significant victory for American Christians and all opposing the march of transgenderism, two Christian teachers have been reinstated by a federal judge after they had been suspended for rejecting an official policy of hiding children’s “gender issues” from parents.
The two California-based Christian educators, Elizabeth Mirabelli and Lori Ann West, middle school teachers in the Escondido Union School District, had sued the California Board of Education.
They argued that hiding this information from parents was deceptive and contradicted their religious beliefs.
Judge Robert Benitez supported the teachers, stating that the district’s policy infringed upon the Fourteenth Amendment.
He emphasized that the policy forced the teachers to withhold crucial information, thereby compromising the rights of parents.
This, according to the judge, adversely affected the welfare of the students, National Review reports.
“It harms plaintiffs who are compelled to violate the parent’s rights by forcing plaintiffs to conceal information they feel is critical for the welfare of their students,” Benitez wrote.
In a training session for teachers in February 2023, it was emphasized that educators should accept a student’s gender identity without question and begin treating the student according to that identity immediately.
“The student’s assertion is enough. There is no need for a formal declaration. There’s no requirement for parent or caretaker agreement or even for knowledge for us to begin treating that student consistent with their gender identity,” read a transcript of the presentation obtained by Fox News.
Despite previously receiving religious exemptions for the use of personal pronouns, the teachers were later obligated to follow the district’s policy of not informing parents about changes in pronouns or gender identification.
In a separate development, the state of California sued the Chino Valley School District for enacting a policy that mandated teachers to inform parents if a child identified as transgender.
In July, the Chino school board introduced a policy requiring schools to notify parents if a child experiences gender confusion, requests a pronoun change, or uses sex-segregated facilities inconsistent with their birth sex.
The attorney general contended that this policy could endanger students’ freedom and well-being.
The lawsuit claimed that students were at risk of being disclosed to their parents against their wishes, a move alleged to violate the California Constitution and state civil rights laws.
The state announced an investigation into potential civil rights infringements in Chino Valley and nearby districts with similar policies.