A signed letter has accrued over 100 signatures to condemn Louisiana’s Senate Bill 156 which targets trans athletes.

A clergy, representing dozens of faith traditions across Louisiana, has released an open letter urging legislators to uphold Governor John Bel Edward’ veto of Senate Bill 156.

The opening of the letter appealed to members of the Louisiana Legislature and called for those in power to “protect the vulnerable”.

“Our sacred texts teach us how we should behave toward one another ‐‐ that we must love one another as we love ourselves, that we must protect the vulnerable in our society, that we must recognize God’s image in everyone,” the letter began.

The letter continued to criticise Bill 156: “Senate Bill 156, the so‐called “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” is our legislature’s version of an Amalekite attack. The bill is full of cowardice and meanness and does nothing to make our shared society better,” it read.

“It is cynical and frivolous, seeking to extract political advantage by playing upon people’s prejudices and fears. Worse than its lack of utility in addressing any actual problem in Louisiana, the bill is cruel.”

Adding: “Senate Bill 156 targets those least able to defend themselves ‐‐ trans children, who are among the most vulnerable young people in our society, the most likely to be depressed, commit suicide and be victimized by peers. These children of God deserve our support and love and affirmation as they grow into adults, not our ridicule and scorn.”

Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Montana, and West Virginia are seven states that have enacted anti-transgender legislation.

25 anti-LGBTQ bills have been enacted into law and more than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills have been under consideration in state legislatures across the country, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

You can find a full list of more than 90 clergy representing faith traditions and communities across Louisiana who signed the letter here or below:

Rabbi Katie Bauman, Senior Rabbi, Touro Synagogue, New Orleans, LA (Jewish)
Rev. Dr. John Henson, Church for the Highlands, Shreveport, LA (Baptist)
Rev. Gregory C. Mills, Sr., Pastor, Starlight Baptist Church, Alexandria, LA (Baptist)
Rev Fred Jeff Smith, Baton Rouge, LA (Baptist)
Rev. Karli D. Pidgeon, Lake Charles District Superintendent (United Methodist)
The Rev. Dr. Bette J. Kauffman, Monroe, LA (Episcopal)
Bishop Michael Rinehart, Southern Louisiana (Lutheran)
The Rt. Rev Morris K Thompson, Episcopal Bishop (Episcopal)
Rev Jay Hogewood, PhD, Rayne Memorial UMC, New Orleans, LA (United Methodist)
Rev. Dr. Willie Gable Jr., Progressive Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA (Baptist)
Fr. Richard R. Andrus, Jr, SVD M.Div, Lafayette, LA (Catholic)
Rev. Dr. Tom Dolph, Lafayette, LA (United Methodist)
Rev. Marissa Horvath, New Orleans, LA (United Methodist)
Rev. Elizabeth M. Lott, Pastor, The St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA (Baptist)
Rev. Sarah Chancellor‐Watson, Associate Pastor, New Orleans, LA (Presbyterian)
Cantor Kevin A. Margolius, New Orleans, LA (Jewish)
Dr. J. C. Richardson, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, New Orleans, LA (United Methodist)
Rev. Benjamin Groth, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, New Orleans, LA (Lutheran)
Rebecca Meriwether, Board President, St. Charles Center for Faith+Action, New Orleans, LA
Rev. Jane‐Allison Wiggin, New Orleans, LA (Episcopal)
Rev. Denise Graves, New Orleans, LA
Rev. Nathan Ryan, Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, LA (Unitarian Universalist)
The Reverend Bobby Hadzor, New Orleans, LA (Episcopal)
Rev Zoë Garry, NOLA Wesley Campus Ministry, New Orleans, LA (United Methodist)
Rev. Daniel Vanek, Hammond, LA (Presbyterian)
Rev Benjamin J Nobles, New Orleans, LA (Episcopal)
Rev Barbara Jarrell, Shreveport, LA (Unitarian Universalist)
Rev. Chris Andrews, Jubilee Pioneers, Baton Rouge, LA
The Rev’d Don Brown, New Roads, LA (Episcopal)
The Reverend Melanie Morel‐Ensminger, New Orleans, LA (Unitarian Universalist)
Rabbi David Gerber, Congregation Gates of Prayer, Metairie, LA (Jewish)
Rev. James R Morrison, New Orleans, LA (Episcopal)
Rev. Jo Cooper, Gretna, LA (United Methodist)
Rev Lisa Baumgartner (United Methodist)
Rev. Linda Baker, Elm Grove, LA (Christian Methodist Episcopal)
The Rev. Sandra Barnes, Chalmette, LA (Lutheran)
Pastor Lee A. Jeter, Sr., Bossier City, LA (Baptist)
Rev. Ed Cooper, New Orleans, LA (United Methodist)
Rev. Claire Helton, Monroe, LA (Baptist)
Rev. Robert Gnuse, New Orleans, LA (Catholic)
Rev Tom Howe, Baton Rouge, LA (United Methodist)
Alison McCrary, New Orleans, LA (Catholic)
The Rev. Canon John Bedingfield, Alexandria, LA (Episcopal)
Rev. Rob Courtney, New Orleans, LA (Episcopal)
Brother Christopher Markert, Order of Lutheran Franciscans (Lutheran)
Rev. Katie McKay Simpson, Baton Rouge, LA (United Methodist)
Father R Christopher Heying, Simsboro, LA (Episcopal)
The Rev. Deacon Elaine Gant Clements (Episcopal)
The Very Rev William H. Terry, Saint Anna’s Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA (Episcopal)
Rev. Mamie Broadhurst, Baton Rouge, LA (Presbyterian)
Rev. Todd LaGrange, Metairie, LA (Lutheran)
The Very Rev. Tommy Dillon, St Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, LA (Episcopal)
Rabbi Lexi Erdheim, Metairie, LA (Jewish)
Rev. Charlene Heaton, Retired Presbyterian USA Minister, Baton Rouge, LA (Presbyterian)
Rev. Dr. Marc Boswell, Shreveport, LA (Baptist)
Rev. Colleen Bookter, New Orleans, LA (United Methodist)
Rabbi Cantor Raina Siroty, The Jewish Temple, Alexandria, LA (Jewish)
Rev. Alexis Anderson, Baton Rouge, LA
Rev. Kathleen Crighton, First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, LA (Presbyterian)
Rev. Martha Canizales, La Place, LA (United Methodist)
Rev. Joseph M Clavijo, New Orleans, LA (Episcopal)
Rev. Jessica Lowe, Lafayette, LA (United Methodist)
Fr. Mark Watson, Shreveport, LA (Catholic)
Laurence M. Hamric, J.D., M.Div., New Orleans, LA
Rev. Eric Posa, Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, LA (Unitarian Universalist)
Rabbi Sydni Rubinstein, Shreveport, LA (Jewish)
Rabbi Feivel Rubinstein, Shreveport, LA (Jewish)
The Rev. Mary B. Richard, Shreveport, LA (Episcopal)
Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn, New Orleans, LA (Jewish)
Rev. Nancy L. Andrews, Baton Rouge, LA (Lutheran)
Rev. K C Roberson, Baton Rouge, LA (United Methodist)
Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Baton Rouge, LA (Unitarian Universalist)
Rabbi Todd Silverman, New Orleans, LA (Jewish)
Rev. Philip K. Brockett, New Orleans, LA (United Church of Christ)
The Very Rev. Ronald Clingenpeel, New Orleans, LA (Episcopal)
Rev. Margaret Ayers, Shreveport, LA (Episcopal)
Rev. T. Keith Abramowski, Slidell, LA (Presbyterian)
Susan K. Caldwell, Director of Religious Education, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of
Shreveport, LA (Unitarian Universalist)
Bishop Iram Chedikah, Evening Star Missionary Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA (Baptist)
Rev. Fred Devall, Metairie, LA (Episcopal)
Rev. Patti Snyder, Baton Rouge, LA (Presbyterian)
Reverend Richard W. Pitcher D.Min, LPC, Baton Rouge, LA (Presbyterian)
Rev. Laura Stephenson, Kenner, LA (Lutheran)
Rabbi Daniel Sherman, Temple Sinai, New Orleans, LA (Jewish)
The Rev. Skully Knight, Baton Rouge, LA (Episcopal)
Kathy E. Smith, CRE, Director of Family Ministries, Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, LA (Unitarian
Pastor Bruce Carroll, Shreveport, LA (Baptist)
The Very Reverend David Allard duPlantier, New Orleans, LA (Episcopal)
Rev. Jacqueline Luck, Community Church, New Orleans, LA (Unitarian Universalist)
Rev. Jean Sanders, retired clergy, Alexandria, LA (United Methodist)
Rev. Zach Sasser, Lafayette, LA (Presbyterian)
Rev. Dr. Kimberly Rodrigue, New Orleans (Presbyterian)
The Rev. Watson Lamb, New Orleans (Episcopal)
Rev. Lane Cotton Winn, Baton Rouge (United Methodist)
The Rev. Dr. JoAnn Garma, Metairie (Episcoopal)
Rev Ann M Philbrick, New Orleans (Presbyterian)

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