This week read about Minnesota's governor issuing an executive order to ban conversion therapy on minors, and a judge dismissing a teacher's claim of religious discrimination in Indiana.
Executive Order Bans Conversion Therapy For Minors
Minnesota officials have taken another step towards blocking access to conversion therapy for minors with a new executive order, signed by Gov. Tim Walz.
Executive Order 21-25 forbids the use of state funds for the practice and calls for state agencies to “protect Minnesotans, particularly minors and vulnerable adults, from conversion therapy to the fullest extent of their authority.”
Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David wrote in a statement, “Governor Walz’s common sense executive order reflects best practice, expert medical voices and mountains of evidence demonstrating that the outcomes of ‘conversion therapy’ are devastating for youth. LGBTQ youth deserve to live their lives authentically, safe from harm. Today, Minnesota has taken another step toward the promise of full equality for all.”
The effort is the latest in a series of attempts to pass a statewide ban on conversion therapy for Minnesotans of all ages. Previous efforts were blocked by the Republican-controlled senate in 2019, and sidelined by the pandemic in 2020.
Indiana Judge Dismisses Teacher’s Religious Discrimination Claim
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After being asked to resign for refusing to call trans students by their first names, a former Indiana orchestra teacher’s claims of religious discrimination and retaliation by the Brownsburg Community School Corporation have been dismissed by a federal judge.
John Kluge objected to the district’s 2017 policy of calling every student by their preferred first name, and was allowed by school officials to refer to every student, regardless of gender, by their last name as a religious accommodation. When students and teachers began to report concerns of Kluge excluding trans students by not acknowledging them, the orchestra teacher was told he can either follow the policy, resign, or be terminated. He resigned, but would later call that resignation “forced,” according to court filings.
District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson ruled in favor of the district, and wrote in her decision, “A name carries with it enough importance to overcome a public-school corporation's duty to accommodate a teacher's sincerely held religious beliefs against a policy that requires staff to use transgender students' preferred names when supported by a parent and health care provider.”