Friday, July 7, 2017

Washington: Anti-Trans Haters Fail To Bring ANY Signatures To Put Transgender Rights On November Ballot

Anti-trans bathroom measure, I-1552, will not qualify for the 2017 ballot in Washington State.

From Washington Won’t Discriminate:

Pop the champagne bottles: We just defeated I-1552!

Backers of this dangerous initiative needed to submit 260,000 valid petition signatures to the Secretary of State by 3PM today to qualify for the ballot. They didn’t even show up to hand over their petitions.

No signatures = automatic disqualification.

I-1552 will NOT be on Washington’s November ballot. And our state’s long-standing non-discrimination laws will continue to provide protections against discrimination for ALL Washingtonians—including our transgender family members, neighbors, coworkers, and friends.

And the HRC celebrates:

“Anti-equality activists spent hundreds of thousands of dollars attempting to pass a shameful ballot measure aimed at discriminating against LGBTQ people, but thanks to the fair-minded people of Washington State, they have failed,” said Marty Rouse, HRC National Field Director.

“For months, our opponents attempted to garner enough signatures to put the fundamental civil rights of transgender people on the ballot.

“Their failure is a victory for equality and validation of Washington’s non-discrimination laws that ensure fair and equal treatment for LGBTQ people in housing, employment, and public accommodations.

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