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Rev. Franklin Graham Opposes Transgender Bathroom Proposal

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 04:51 PM

As the Charlotte, North Carolina, City Council prepares to vote on expansion of an anti-discrimination ordinance, the Rev. Franklin Graham is speaking out, calling it a danger as it opens doors for sexual predators, the Christian Post reports.

Graham, who leads the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and the Christian charity organization Samaritan's Purse, said in a post on his website, that the proposed measure to allow transgender people the right to use the public restrooms of their choice is both "ridiculous" and "unsafe."

"Common sense tells us that this would open the door, literally, to all sorts of serious concerns including giving sexual predators access to children," Graham, the son of the Rev. Billy Graham, said. "It violates every sense of privacy and decency for people of both sexes, adults and children."

Former HGTV star David Benham, who saw his "Benham Brothers" show taken off the air over comments about homosexuality, also spoke out against the proposal. "What’s going to end up happening, with the result of the language [of the ordinance] is our religious liberties are going to come under attack," said Benham, a resident of Charlotte, in the same post.

"Not only do Christians need to stand up for what’s right, but America needs to protect our children and our children’s children," Benham said.

The proposed ordnance is scheduled to come to a vote March 2. It has divided the Charlotte community with supporters saying it offers protection from discrimination for some people "based on their sexual orientation, sexual identity or sexual expression, and familial or marital status," the Charlotte Observer said.

One LGBT activist, Scott Bishop, noted that discrimination in the area remains real. He added that such an ordinance would allow transgender people to use facilities where they felt most comfortable, the Observer said.

Writing in the Biblical Recorder, Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition, spoke out against the measure.

"This expansion of Charlotte’s non-discrimination law would not only threaten the religious liberty of Christian business owners, but it will also threaten the safety of women and children in Charlotte’s public restrooms because it will require public restrooms to be open to use by persons of any sex," she wrote.

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As the Charlotte, North Carolina, City Council prepares to vote on expansion of an anti-discrimination ordinance, the Rev. Franklin Graham is speaking out, calling it a danger as it opens doors for sexual predators, the Christian Post reports.
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