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Byron "Tanner" Cross, teacher with the Loudoun County School District (photo: Alliance Defending Freedom / Alliance Defending Freedom)

Cross had said he could not “affirm that a biological boy can be a girl, and vice versa,” citing his Christian faith.

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s Supreme Court has sided with a teacher after he challenged a school district mandate of affirming transgender identities.

Byron “Tanner” Cross, a physical education teacher at Leesburg Elementary School in the Loudoun County Public School District, spoke at a May school board meeting against policies requiring teachers to refer to students by their preferred gender pronouns. After he was suspended by his school district for allegedly making a “disruptive impact,” Virginia’s Supreme Court on Monday ruled that he should not have been suspended.

The legal group representing the teacher welcomed Monday’s decision. …

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