A Texas pastor opposing a controversial transgender bathroom bill that would require individuals to use public restrooms based on “biological sex” protested the bill with hundreds of LGBTQ advocates on Tuesday, declaring that “God is transgender.” The Rev. S. David Wynn, of Agape Metropolitan Church in Fort Worth, took his stance outside the state capitol in Austin.
“In the beginning, God created humankind in God’s image . . . so God is transgender,” Wynn told the crowd, which roared in approval. “We’re all created in the image of what is holy and divine and sacred, and we should all be treated that way.”
The controversial bill has sparked fierce debate in Texas and across the nation since it was proposed in January. Critics claim it engenders unconstitutional discrimination against transgender people while advocates of the bill say it will increase privacy and safety and keep men out of women’s bathrooms.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Democratic state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. noted that “God’s creation” was one reason he supports the bill. “God created everything as far as I’m concerned, but especially men and women,” Lucio said.
In his address, however, Pastor Wynn ripped the senator’s message. “We’re going to stop using God as an excuse to hate people,” Wynn said of the bill’s religious supporters. He then paraphrased author Anne Lamott. “If God hates all the same people you do, then you’ve created God in your image.”
Despite the opposition to the bill, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-1 to advance the bill to the full chamber, where a majority of conservatives and one Democrat have already signed on to the measure.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who has made the legislation one of his priorities, said the full Senate will take up the the measure this week.
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Leonardo Blair is a contributor to The Christian Post. He writes on religious issues as they confront modern culture and government.