WA Senate Introduces Bill to Repeal New Open-Bathroom Rule

 

Members of the Washington State Senate have introduced a bill to repeal the Human Rights Commission’s new open-bathroom rule.  Senate Bill 6443 is similar to the House Bill 2589, which was introduced last week on the same topic.

Proponents of the bill are concerned about the implications that the Human Rights Commission’s new rule will have for women and children.  The rule mandates that schools, businesses, parks, and other public accommodations begin allowing people to use restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities based on their internal identification rather than their biological gender.

In addition to the new policy on access to facilities, the new rule also bars individuals from directing “unwelcome questions” to those using facilities and makes it illegal to use pronouns consistent with biological gender if the person requests something otherwise.  You can read more about the now-effective bathroom policy here.

Here is a list of Senators currently signed on to sponsor SB 6443:

  • Senator Doug Ericksen (42nd L.D.)
  • Senator Barbara Bailey (10th L.D.)
  • Senator Mike Padden (4th L.D.)
  • Senator Steven O’Ban (28th L.D.)
  • Senator Jan Angel (26th L.D.)
  • Senator Randi Becker (2nd L.D.)
  • Senator John Braun (20th L.D.)
  • Senator Mark Miloscia (30th L.D.)
  • Senator Judy Warnick (13th L.D.)
  • Senator Bruce Dammeier (25th L.D.)
  • Senator Jim Honeyford (15th L.D.)
  • Senator Mike Hewitt (16th L.D.)

If you’d like to get involved on this issue to protect women and children from predators, here are some ways you can join the effort:

  • Thousands of Washingtonians have made calls and written emails and letters to their legislators.  If you would like to, please click here to use our contact portal.
  • Washingtonians from every county in our state have signed onto a petition to urge the legislature to repeal the HRC rule on open-bathroom.  Click here to add your name.
  • If you use Twitter, Tweet your reason for opposing the HRC rule using the hashtag #HRCTargetingMe.
  • Subscribe to FPIW’s weekly podcast, FYI, for updates on issues like these.  Click here for more.
16 replies
  1. rene painter
    rene painter says:

    EVERY win you get? so your are out to win, not to care about others? not to treasure our children? no family values, no manners, no respect…. your parents truly messed up on your social behavior…..as straight persons, we are disgusted with ppl that don’t know if they are a man or a woman….blame your parents not us…we didn’t birth you…. we will SOON stop rewarding bad behavior…..flaunting your sexual misdeeds is not the way to gain the proper attention …however, some pscho’s are still roaming earth because it is still illegal to shoot them….if you can’t figure out who or what you are, try psychotherapy..HOWEVER, nothing can resurrect a bad soul….

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  2. Krisinda
    Krisinda says:

    I am a mother of two who have raised my children with morals – A Man and A Woman -PERIOD!!! I think this is an outrage that we have allowed this to happen. I should be able to use a restroom with my children and feel safe, I take a stand with 99.7% of women out there and ask you repeal this bill. Thanks to the state, you have forced me to feel unsafe every time I walk into a restroom. WHY??? Do you really think that only transgenders will be using the woman’s restrooms?? No, all you have done is opened up a door to allow the wrong people to step in without question and help themselves to any women in the restroom. What are you going to do when this happens, you did this, you allowed this to happen.

    I am shocked that our state would allow a law like this. Why are we catering to .03% of the people in the united states, what happened to majority rules?!!!

    Does public safety matter anymore?

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    • Alaryc
      Alaryc says:

      Did you know that 93% of statistics are made up on the spot? On that note, the “0.3%” of people in the U.S. Is actually much higher than that. Did you know that just in Washington alone, 4% of our population is LGBT? Did you know that in Seattle, the population goes up to 13%? Think before you discriminate. Speaking for the trans community, we’re not predators, we just want to pee.

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  3. nadene
    nadene says:

    What happened to the right of privacy of the majority? So when some crazy person goes around raping or assaulting and even killing someone, is this when sanity comes back to lawmakers or will they continue to be idiots? Where is the moral compass of this Country? Sounds like anything and everything goes…This body doesn’t care about the rights of the majority, children being embarrassed, fearful, stripped of their rights to privacy, raped, assaulted or kidnapped…What if we have certain persons from foreign countries walk in …. this body is giving a license to criminals and people with mental health issues to potentially harm innocent women, children and others. I don’t know WHY or WHO came up with such IRRATIONAL, IMMORAL IDEAS? Start using your brains and think how you would feel if someone raped your child, wife, husband, daughter, grandchildren…..do you want that kind of guilt and responsibility for causing a person you love or care about to be harmed or killed?

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    • Brian
      Brian says:

      What does your rant have to do with bathrooms? I think you are completely missing the point and are just reacting to the unreasonable fear mongering brought on by the religious right. Indecent exposure is still illegal no matter where it happens, or by whom it is being done by. You can have a woman illegally exposing herself in the women’s bathroom, or a man doing it in the men’s room…. I don’t think you are really concerned with safety, because if you were, you would see the problem with your statement. Do you think someone who looks female on the outside – boobs, in a dress, hair done up, makeup (except for maybe genitalia, although some transgender people do have their genitalia reconfigured), but was born a male, would be more safe in a men’s room or a women’s room?

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    • rene painter
      rene painter says:

      ALARYC: PEE AT HOME KRISINDA IS TALKING ABOUT OPENING THE DOORS TO PEDIPHILES, NOT JUST GAYS AND TRANSGENDERS…READ IT AGAIN, YOU ARE TOO ANXIOUS TO SHOUT DISCRIMATION…LIKE ALL RACISTS DO….SHE IS TALKING ABOUT SAFETY, ESPEC. FOR HER CHILDREN, STUPID…SHE DOES NOT WANT TO SEEN MEN IN PUBLIC BATHROOMS WHEN HER CHILDREN NEED TO GO POTTIE….I’M WITH HER….PUBLIC SAFETY FIRST, YOU NEXT….TRY TO THINK OF OTHERS BEFORE YOUR
      SELF…

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  4. Charles
    Charles says:

    As the Bible aptly puts it:
    “………they trivialize themselves into silliness and confusion so that there is neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretend to know it all, but are illiterate regarding life.” Romans 1:21-22

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  5. Bill Leingang
    Bill Leingang says:

    I WILL NOT EVEN VISIT YOUR STATE WITH THESE OBSCENE LAWS. I’m a RV tracker and will pass this on to all associations.

    Reply

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