One Texas pastor is opposing his state’s so-called bathroom bill, which would require individuals to use the restroom that coincides with their original, biological sex, because — in his view — “God is transgender.”
During a protest Tuesday with hundreds of LGBT advocates, the Rev. S. David Wynn, senior pastor at Agape Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Worth, spoke out against the legislation.
Senate Bill 6, proposed in January, would link all restrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities to “biological sex,” the Texas Tribune reported.
While many Christian conservatives have invoked Scripture in defense of such legislation, Wynn is demanding believers “stop using God as an excuse to hate people,” according to the Huffington Post.
“In the beginning, God created humankind in God’s image. … So God is transgender,” Wynn said. “We’re all created in the image of what is holy and divine and sacred, and we should all be treated that way.”
The bill has caused a sharp political divide among Texas residents, with some saying the legislation is a clear overreach that leads to unconstitutional discrimination against transgender people and others saying the law would protect people by keeping men out of women’s restrooms.
More than 430 people testified Wednesday on the bathroom bill during a hearing before the Senate State Affairs Committee that lasted more than 13 hours, the Texas Tribune reported. More than 200 of those who testified spoke out in opposition to the bill while only 30 or so expressed support for the law.