Commonwealth Policy Center

A bill passed in the Kentucky State Senate that will protect the conscience rights of teachers. Senate Bill 150, among other things, would allow teachers to decide if they want to use the preferred pronouns of their students. Sen. Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) said that he sponsored the bill to “protect the First Amendment freedoms of staff and students as it relates to pronouns.” Wise continues, “The terms ‘he’ and ‘she’ communicate fixed facts about a person. And teachers should not be forced to violate their consciences regarding what they know to be true or not true.” SB 150 has momentum and is likely to pass the House. If so, this would be a victory for free speech and conscience rights of Kentucky’s public school teachers and students.