Washington anti-trans I-1515 petition fails to get signatures

I-1515 fails

I-1515 fails

The Washington Secretary of State just announced that Joseph Backholm has canceled Fridays appointment to turn in signatures for the anti-trans petition I-1515.

Friday was the deadline for the ‘we just want privacy campaign’ to turn in the required signatures.

Via the Washington Sec. of State blog

UPDATE: The I-1515 campaign notified our Elections Division late Thursday afternoon that it won’t bring in signatures, so that measure will not appear on the fall ballot.”

The NW Progressive reports “The I-1515 (‘bathroom initiative’) campaign has canceled their Friday appointment and will not be bringing in signatures,” said David Ammons, communications director for Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “Campaign chief Joseph Backholm contacted our Elections Division and indicated the campaign did not gather enough signatures to meet the threshold (246k bare minimum and 325k suggested level to cover duplicate and invalid signatures.)”

Washington Won’t Discriminate the group that led the effort to educate and ultimately to victory over hate and ignorance posted a celebratory tweet and issued a press release.

“The I-1515 campaign – an effort to repeal Washington State’s 10 year old non-discrimination law protecting our transgender friends, co-workers and family members – failed to turn in enough (246,372) signatures to qualify for this year’s fall election ballot. The WA Secretary of State’s office announced late this afternoon that the I-1515 campaign cancelled its appointment to turn in signatures.

“Washingtonians have sent a clear message – we won’t discriminate,” said Seth Kirby, Chair of Washington Won’t Discriminate, the No on I-1515 campaign. “As a transgender man, I’m encouraged that voters didn’t buy the pitch that repealing our state’s non-discrimination protections for transgender people would somehow make everyone safer. Washingtonians value fairness and equality and we believe that everyone in our state should be able to earn a living, frequent a business, earn an education, and raise a family free from the fear of discrimination.”

If you recall Joseph Backholm was caught on a secret tape urging the men in his group to harass women at Mall restrooms and failing to get signatures that way, to follow them into the woman’s room.


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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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