White House Issues Rapid Response After Pope Condemns Transgender Surgeries

By Bo Beard | April 19, 2024

President Biden’s support

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre faced questions about Pope Francis' recent declaration condemning gender theory, in which he reaffirmed the Catholic Church's stance that altering one's immutable gender plays God and denies sexual difference.

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“I’m going to be really careful. The president’s role to litigate internal Church policy, that’s not his role, so I’m gonna be super careful there,” Jean-Pierre said. “But I can speak to the president’s stance, and he’s always been very clear on the importance of protecting or having protections for the transgender community and the broader LGBTQ+ community, and that’s been very clear since day one of his administration.” 

The president’s role

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When asked, Jean-Pierre declined to comment directly on the document but affirmed President Biden’s support for transgender rights and protections for the LGBTQ+ community.