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Transgender Woman Challenges Politician: ‘Believe that Anti-Gay Bible Talk? Then Stone Me Now!”

Last week, a transgender woman fought back against a local politician who claimed his beliefs disallowed him from supporting the LGBT community.  Pamela Raintree, wielding the proverbial first stone, countered the Bible-quoting Shreveport city council man with a challenge and a verse of her own.

“Leviticus 20:13 states, ‘If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death,'” Raintree told Councilman Ron Webb, who had publicly used his faith to criticize the LGBT community, “I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn’t just a smoke screen for personal prejudices.”

During a City Council meeting held in December, Webb had been the sole ‘no’ vote for a measure that bans housing and employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.

The City Council member claimed his objections for the anti-discrimination law were based on his Christian faith.  “The Bible tells you homosexuals are an abomination,” he said, adding that because of his faith, he refused to associate with the LBGT community and therefore could not support a measure that would require others to do so.

Within days of the passing ordinance, despite Webb’s objections, the city councilman began a fight to get the ordinance repealed, stating that he believed that the majority of Shreveport residents would oppose the city’s ruling.

David Hylan, President of People Acting for Change and Equality, however, countered that Webb’s effort to get the ordinance repealed were not, in his opinion, representative of those Webb claims to serve.

“Every single congressional district in the United States, the majority of people support this type of ordinance,” Hylan said. “So, it would be difficult for me to believe that Mr. Webb is supporting the constituency of his district.”

During the January meeting, a number of citizens stood up and opposed Webb’s call for a new vote to repeal the law.

None, though, were as effective as Raintree, whose challenge to the Councilman caused an immediate change of heart in Webb.

Within a few minutes of being offered a stone to start Raintree’s Leviticus-inspired execution, Councilman Webb withdrew his objection to the anti-discrimination law without even calling for another vote.

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