I support the Episcopal Church’s opposition to Texas Senate Bill 6

I want you to know why I support the Episcopal Church’s opposition to Texas Senate Bill 6, also known as “the bathroom bill.” All people are entitled to respect, fairness, and equal protection, regardless of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. Everyoneshould be respected by our neighbors and peers, and certainly by our elected government.

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry and The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, sent a letter to Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, praising his opposition to the bill. Bishop Curry and Rev. Jennings explained the Senate Bill would force the church to face the “difficult choice” of moving the Episcopal General Convention from Austin this July.

Their letter explains the Episcopal Church is “proudly diverse: racially, economically, and in terms of sexual orientation and gender identity … We are duty-bound to ensure that all of our people are treated with respect, that their safety is guaranteed, and that our investment in the local economy of our host city reflects our values …” The letter notes that the Church moved the General Convention from Houston in 1955 because the Texas city could not offer sufficient guarantees of desegregated housing for its delegates.It is our humane obligation for each of us to give equal respect to all people we meet and encounter in our daily lives.

I served as a lay deputy to three prior General Conventions. I was elected to those positions by the people of the Diocese of Texas. I am proud of the position the church has taken today and I support that position.

I wanted you to know where I stand, as a private citizen and member of our community; not just as an elected official.