The U.S. Department of Education told school districts nationwide in May that federal law requires them to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms "consistent with their gender identity."  That continued a contentious public debate over transgender rights.  A rally to oppose the mandate is planned for Lincoln - Douglas Square in Alton on Saturday.

Pastor Ralph Blake of Harmony Baptist Church in Godfrey tells The Big Z this is an issue that could have negative effects on boys and girls.

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He says everyone is invited to attend tomorrow's rally, which is scheduled to start at 11am.

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