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Southern Baptists call on states to prohibit gender transition for minors

During the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, Messengers approved a resolution that denounces gender transition as a direct challenge to the established order created by God. The resolution specifically calls for state-level bans on gender transition procedures involving children. The amendment, titled “On Opposing ‘Gender Transitions,’” passed with ease through a show of hands. It consists of a 700-word statement asserting that the Bible teaches the complementary nature of men and women, which is determined at conception, unchangeable, and rooted in God’s design. The resolution emphasizes that the differences between genders are most evident in physical distinctions, as opposed to self-defined or false ideas of gender identity.

Christian Headlines reports:

Messengers to this week’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in New Orleans passed a resolution labeling gender transition a “direct assault on God’s created order” and urging states to ban the procedure when it involves children.

The 700-word amendment, “On Opposing ‘Gender Transitions,’” passed easily by a show of hands and says the Bible “teaches that the differences between men and women are complementary, determined at conception, immutable, rooted in God’s design, and most clearly revealed in bodily differences (Genesis 1:28; Psalm 100:3), not in self-defined and ultimately false notions of ‘gender identity.’”

The amendment says messengers “condemn and oppose ‘gender-affirming care’ and all forms of ‘gender transition’ interventions.”

“We oppose ‘gender transition’ interventions as a futile quest to change one’s sex and as a direct assault on God’s created order,” the resolution says. “… We condemn corporate medical services that promote harmful and often irreversible ‘gender transition.’”

Gender procedures on children, the resolution says, “render otherwise healthy children sterile for life, impairing or destroying their fertility, reproductive organs, capacity for sexual pleasure, and at times causing lifelong medical dependency as well as unknown long-term consequences.”

The rise in the popularity of gender transitions has been “driven by cultural change, the promotion of gender ideology, and social pressures,” it says.

“[U]nprecedented numbers of adolescents and young adults are experiencing identity or body-related distress or asserting an identity at odds with their birth sex,” the resolution says.

It concludes by urging state legislatures to get involved.

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