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Indiana Parents Appeal to Supreme Court Over Child’s Removal Due to Pronoun Dispute

A Catholic couple appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after their son was removed from their home over their refusal to use his preferred pronouns.

In a case that could have profound implications for parental rights and religious freedom across the United States, Mary and Jeremy Cox of Indiana are making an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Their plea comes after their child was forcibly removed from their home due to their refusal to conform to the state’s demands regarding cross-sex pronouns—a stance grounded in their Catholic faith. The Coxes’ ordeal underscores a chilling scenario where state intervention overrules parental authority in matters of profound personal and religious significance.

In 2021, the state of Indiana initiated an investigation into the Coxes for not “affirming” their son’s belief in a gender identity that contradicts his biological sex. The state’s intervention didn’t stop at removing their child from their home and placing him in a foster home that endorsed the use of chosen pronouns contrary to the Coxes’ religious convictions; it extended to restrictions on their weekly visitations. Discussions about God or human sexuality were strictly off-limits, effectively silencing the parents’ ability to share their deeply-held beliefs with their son.

This harrowing saga began in 2019 when the Coxes’ son disclosed his identification as transgender. Seeking to address both his gender dysphoria and an eating disorder, the Coxes turned to the mental health system, only to find it overwhelmingly biased towards gender transition. The situation escalated when a report to the state accused the Coxes of not using their child’s “preferred pronouns,” leading to the child’s removal from their home and severely limited visitation rights.

The implications of this case are far-reaching, touching on the fundamental rights of parents to raise their children according to their religious beliefs and the dangers of state overreach into family matters. Becket Law, representing the Coxes, has filed a reply brief at the Supreme Court, advocating for the protection of all parents’ rights to guide their children’s upbringing free from governmental imposition of gender ideology.

What’s at stake here is not just the Cox family’s struggle but the broader principle of parental rights in the face of a growing trend of state intervention based on ideological conformity. As the case awaits consideration by the Supreme Court, it serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing clash between religious freedom, parental authority, and state-mandated ideology. The Coxes’ fight for their son is a rallying cry for families across the nation who fear that their rights to nurture their children in accordance with their faith and conscience may be the next target of state encroachment.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.