'Only two genders' 7th grader back in court today to defend free speech

'Only two genders' 7th grader back in court today to defend free speech

'Only two genders' 7th grader back in court today to defend free speech

Seventh-grade student Liam Morris, who was punished by his school for his “only two genders” t-shirt, was expected to return to a federal courtroom today where his attorneys are asking the court to act quickly on behalf of their young client and his lawsuit over the right to free speech.

Because of the concluding school year, attorneys for Alliance Defending Freedom are seeking a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts.

A hearing over the motion was scheduled for 11:30 EST in the Boston courtroom.

Morrison, who attends Nichols Middle School, is suing the City of Middleborough after he was ordered to remove a t-shirt that states, “There are only two genders.”

Morrison has said he is defending free speech and common sense, and his brief speech before the school board (pictured at top) went viral on social media and made national news.

“I don’t complain when I see pride flags and diversity posters hung throughout the school,” Liam said. “Do you know why? Because others have a right to their beliefs just as I do.”

ADF attorney Logan Spena tells AFN a decision is expected before the end of the school year, which is June 26

Spena, Logan (ADF attorney) Spena

“We'll get to find out whether Liam will actually be able to express himself before the end of the school year,” the attorney says.

Echoing the young man's speech to the school board, Spena says the lawsuit is important because Nichols Middle School is affirming LGBT beliefs by allowing "pride" and pro-transgender stickers, flags, and posters. A t-shirt disagreeing with those school-endorsed beliefs was not allowed.

"The school is promoting that kind of expression from the students," the attorney argues, "but prohibiting Liam from speaking the exact same topic but just from offering a different perspective."