Republican moron voted against Equality Act because he thinks trans people ‘offend God’

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A Republican congressman sparked fury as he argued against the Equality Act on the basis that the existence of trans people “offends” God.

Florida lawmaker Greg Steube apparently forgot about the separation of church and state as he quoted Deuteronomy during a debate on the landmark civil rights bill.

He told the House of Representatives he would begin his speech by giving them the “truth” – before reading directly from the Bible.

“A woman must not wear men’s clothing nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this,” he declared.

Steube then gave his interpretation of this verse, which formed the crux of his argument against the critical legislation.

“It’s not clothing or personal style that offends God, but rather the use of one’s appearance to act out or take on a sexual identity different from the one biologically assigned by God at birth,” he claimed.

“When men or women claim to be able to choose their own sexual identity, they’re making a statement that God did not know what he was doing when he created them.”

Steube went on to accuse transgender people of rejecting “God’s design”, and warned that the nation would bear the consequences of this “rebellion”.

The congressman’s outdated stance was met with an immediate backlash from Democrats in the House, with the strongest condemnation coming from representative Al Green of Texas.

“You used God to enslave my foreparents. You used God to segregate me in schools. You used God to put me in the back of the bus. Have you no shame?” he asked.

“What any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this congress,” added New York Democrat Jerry Nadler.

The Equality Act passed in the House of Representatives by 224-206 votes. It now goes to a further vote in the Senate before it can be signed into law.