As the Texas State Senate debates a bathroom bill in which individuals would be required to use the restroom that coincides with their original, “biological sex,” liberals are coming out in droves to protest it.
Rev. S. David Wynn of the Agape Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Worth spoke out against Senate Bill 6, which applies to government buildings, public schools, and public universities.
“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.”
Wynn, who himself is transgender, said on Tuesday outside the Texas state capitol in Austin that legislators are co-opting God to promote their bigoted agenda.
“We’re going to stop using God as an excuse to hate people,” Wynn told a raucous crowd. “If God hates all the same people you do, then you’ve created God in your image.”
Despite 13 hours of protests and opposing testimonials, the senate bill passed committee by a vote of 7-1. It will be brought up for a vote in the larger chamber of the State Senate.
A majority of Republicans in the State Senate support the bill along with one Democrat, State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., who said, “God created everything as far as I’m concerned, but especially man and woman.”
Lucio’s firm belief in “God’s creation” is the reason why he supports the bill.
Similarly to North Carolina’s bathroom bill that led to the National Basketball Association boycotting the state for its All Star Game, the National Football League is threatening to punish the Lone Star State if the bill is passed.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Houston Chronicle that future Super Bowl bids will be in jeopardy if Texas passes the bathroom bill.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and a coalition of pastors, known as the Texas Pastors Council, released a statement in response to the NFL, saying, “We demand to know what role the NFL has in dictating the values of Texas, interfering with something outside of regulating their own sport and placing our women and children in harm’s way to give preference to one tenth of one percent who are confused about their gender.”
The statement continued. “If the NFL’s values include requiring that men can use women’s restrooms, we have a special message for the Commissioner and [NFL spokesman Brian] McCarthy; Pastors of every color and every corner of this state are declaring that we choose mothers over money, daughters over dollars and privacy over predators.”
While the bill is almost certainly going to pass the State Senate, Republican State House Speaker Joe Straus told reporters this week, he’s “not a fan of the bill.”