Pro-Trump pastor: Doctors should have a right to say ‘no’ to trans people

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MOBILE, AL - DECEMBER 17: Evangelist and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Franklin Graham takes the stage before president-elect Donald Trump during a thank you rally in Ladd-Peebles Stadium on December 17, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama. President-elect Trump has been visiting several states that he won, to thank people for their support during the U.S. election. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Franklin Graham who is set to pray for Americans during Donald Trump’s inauguration has made a set of transphobic comments. The Affordable Care Act provisions, which were set to come in on January 1, would have ensured healthcare providers in receipt of federal funds cannot reject LGBT people, enshrining specific protections for trans healthcare for the first time. Texas judge Reed O’Connor issued an injunction to block the law, claiming it violates ‘religious freedom’ protections.

Of course, the pastor could not remain indifferent to such a decision, so he spoke out saying “Taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for transgender surgeries… and doctors who disagree—medically or because of their religious beliefs—shouldn’t be forced to perform them as Obamacare would have dictated.” He disagrees that fact that there is actually such concept as transgender people. “Believe it or not, this new rule put forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defined ‘sex’ to include a state of mind, not a biological fact. Wow. It said sex means one’s “internal sense of gender which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female,” he fumed.

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