Pastor Rudy Rasmus is an author and a global humanitarian who is committed to speaking out against discrimination in Texas. For more than 20 years he has served as a Senior Pastor of St. John’s Methodist Church in downtown Houston. In 2017 he was one of many members of the clergy in Texas who spoke out against a large swath of anti-LGBTQ legislation.
“Supporting nondiscrimination protections for all Texans, including gay and transgender Texans, supports Jesus’ mandate to treat others like we would want to be treated,” he wrote.
“As a pastor, I’m here to tell you the only thing nondiscrimination laws provide are basic protections like equality in employment, restaurants, apartments – for everyone. Loving your neighbor as yourself in today’s world certainly includes guaranteeing that a Texan can’t lose your job for being who they are or loving who they love. Loving your neighbor as yourself means you can’t be refused service at a restaurant because of the group you’re with. Loving your neighbor as yourself means you can’t be denied housing because of who you are. This is the type of treatment nondiscrimination policies address. We are all God’s children. We all deserve protection from discrimination.”