AAF Statement on Eighth Circuit Decision in Linn-Mar School District Case

September 29, 2023

Advancing American Freedom issued the following statement after the Eighth Circuit upheld the rights of families and students in the Linn-Mar school district in a case that challenged a school policy that allowed the facilitation of a child’s gender transition without the knowledge of the parents and punished students for not using student’s preferred pronouns:

“Families are the cornerstone of our society, and the Eighth Circuit has upheld the rights of families and their students in their ruling,” said AAF Executive Director Paul Teller. “Parents and students deserve to have a voice, and students deserve to attend schools where they can’t be bullied into woke ideology through vague policies. Advancing American Freedom will continue to be a voice for parents and students across the country.”

“The Eighth Circuit has made clear that vague school guidelines cannot be used to prohibit free speech of a student, and schools across the country with similar bullying gender ideology policies for their students should pay attention,” said J. Marc Wheat, General Counsel for AAF. “Iowa has fought hard to put in place commonsense policies for parents and students in the public education system, and Advancing American Freedom will continue to defend the rights of parents and students against the Far-Left’s gender policies.”


AAF filed an amicus brief for the Linn Mar school district and launched a parents’ rights campaign in February.

In March, AAF filed its second amicus brief in Massachusetts.

In May, AAF filed its third amicus brief in Florida.

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