Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin is calling for a Loudoun County teacher Tanner Cross to be reinstated. Cross was recently placed on administrative leave for refusing to address a student by their preferred pronoun

The school board placed Cross on administrative leave after his comments at a meeting last week. “I’m a teacher, but I serve God first,” Cross said. “I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it’s against my religion. It’s lying to a child, it’s abuse to a child and it’s sinning against our God.”

Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin spoke to Cross on the phone Sunday, before going on Fox News to defend him. “On a day where we’re celebrating and honoring and remembering the 1.2 million Americans who gave their lives for our freedom to protect our Constitution, it’s amazing to me that we see a Loudoun County School Board ignore and absolutely trample on Tanner Cross’ constitutional rights to express not only his religious beliefs but also his right to free speech, at a time when they invited such a discussion and now they are trying to cancel him simply for expressing his views that are in the best interest of the children and expressing his faith. It’s absolutely shameful,” Youngkin said on Fox News.

Watch Youngkin’s Fox News Appearance


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