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Southern Baptists oppose gender reassignment

BALTIMORE (AP) — Southern Baptists at their annual meeting have passed a resolution declaring that gender identity is determined by biological sex and not by self-perception.

The resolution states that the Southern Baptist Convention opposes hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery and other efforts to "alter one's bodily identity."

According to the resolution, "God's design was the creation of two distinct and complementary sexes, male and female."

The resolution expresses opposition to government efforts to "validate transgender identity as morally praiseworthy."

The resolution also condemns the bullying and abuse of transgender people and expresses love and compassion for "those whose sexual self-understanding is shaped by a distressing conflict between their biological sex and their gender identity."

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