Focus on the Family warned that Los Angeles’ new “Transgender Advisory Council” could harm religious freedom.
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday at a press conference that the newly created nine-member council will advise city officials on various issues pertaining to the transgender community.
“Today, the City of Los Angeles sends a clear message to transgender Angelenos: your voices matter and your experiences count,” stated Mayor Garcetti.
“The nine members of our Transgender Advisory Council will bring a new and important perspective to City Hall that will help empower trans Angelenos to lead stigma-free, productive, and meaningful lives.”
While Los Angeles city officials celebrate the creation of the new council, some, including Focus on the Family, have expressed concern over the move.
Jeff Johnston, Issues Analyst at Focus on the Family, told The Christian Post in a statement that a council like this could lead to curbs on religious liberty.
“In creating this Transgender Advisory Council, the Mayor of Los Angeles and the city’s Human Relation Commission are setting the city on a course where fundamental human rights will be cast aside for the sake of furthering transgender ideology,” stated Johnston.
“In recent years, there has been a strong push at all levels of government to give special privileges based on ‘gender identity and expression,’ and these special privileges often conflict with basic individual rights to privacy, safety and religious freedom.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post