Apparently losing the battle against same-sex marriage in federal courts, conservative Christian activists, including Southern Baptists, are turning attention to local ordinances expanding non-discrimination protections to the transgendered.

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The statement in part was adopted to provide grounds for some Baptist universities seeking exemptions to accommodations for transgender students.

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Supporters of Charlotte’s pending anti-discrimination ordinance accuse religious opponents of using scare tactics by claiming it would give sexual predators access to children in the form of men posing as women in order to use female-only public restrooms.

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Biblical counselors attending an annual conference at a Southern Baptist seminary will have an option of arriving early for a special pre-conference addressing the issue of people who identify with a gender different than their biological sex.

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Southern Baptists say they are optimistic voters will repeal a controversial civil rights ordinance in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Meggan Sommerville, a frame-shop manager at a Hobby Lobby store in Aurora, Ill., is suing the company for discrimination.

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The Southern Baptist Convention’s former top spokesman for moral concerns says the New Testament “is quite clear” that homosexuality and transgenderism are forms of moral rebellion.

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Baptist church ordains transgender woman

In what is likely a first, Calvary Baptist Church in Washington ordained Allyson Robinson, who was previously ordained as a man, to the gospel ministry.

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Leaders of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists said they are “deeply concerned” about a Southern Baptist Convention resolution declaring that transgender persons are outside of God’s will.

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Transgender persons bear God’s image, but the Bible teaches that gender identity is not fluid, according to an SBC resolution adopted Tuesday.

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