An influential body of Jewish rabbis passed a resolution last week calling for synagogues to be “explicitly welcoming” to transgender people.

As the country debates whether transgender people should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choosing, the rabbis of Conservative Judaism officially declared their support of transgender rights.

Three Christian denominations and two other Jewish denominations have made similar statements in favor of rights for those whose gender identity does not match their sex identified at birth.

The rabbis’ resolution begins by stating, “Our Torah asserts that all humanity is created b’tzelem Elohim, in God’s Divine Image.” It discusses historical evidence of “non-binary gender expression” in Jewish texts dating back to the third-century Mishnah, and points out current-day discrimination against transgender Americans in employment, medical care and voting rights.

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