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December 08, 2021

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Richard

The question of whether people can be compelled to use female pronouns to describe a male defendant in court is an interesting one, when witnesses give evidence on oath. One could argue that you would be committing perjury if you described a he as a she when you did not perceive him as such.
On the other hand, the UK Supreme Court has already ruled against compelled speech in the Lee vs Ashers case, where an Ulster baker refused to bake a cake celebrating gay marriage. Lady Hale ruled that "[n]obody should be forced to have or express a political opinion in which he does not believe".

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