Rev. Anthony Evans (front right), president of the National Black Church Initiative and other members in the background. (Courtesy Photo)
The National Black Church Initiative, a group of 34,000 churches in America, on Friday issued a blistering condemnation of a city’s efforts in North Carolina to accommodate transgender people who wish to use the bathroom of the sex they identify with.
“This is beyond ridiculous. Here’s another example of why it is very difficult to reach any accommodation with the gay community as they continue to push society in a way that allows them to set the morality of this culture. The Church will have none of this. This is why we stand with Governor Pat McCory and the State of North Carolina on HB2,” said Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative in a statement. “The Church will never allow a gay male individual to utilize the women restroom in our churches. We will only allow them to use the bathroom according to their biological sex. And we are prepared to sue the gay community if they try to encroach on the authority of the Church by trying to use us as a test constitutional case in our own churches.”
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
In March, North Carolina legislators passed a bill that made it illegal for transgender men and women to use bathrooms that do not match the sex they were born with. Republican governor Pat McCory quickly signed the bill. The legislators took up the bill after the city of Charlotte passed an anti-discrimination bill. In addition to dealing with which bathroom people use, the legislation stops local governments in North Carolina from raising the minimum wage above the state level.
The church group statement comes on the heels of 11 states suing the Obama administration over guidance issued by the Justice Department and Department of Education that encouraged schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom that matches their gender identity instead of their biological sex.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake earlier this year suspended city-sponsored travel to the state of North Carolina because of the bill signed by McCory. Several other organizations as well as musical acts have pledged to boycott the city until the law is overturned.