As Washington faith leaders and people of faith, from a diverse group of religions committed to lifting up our fellow human beings, we affirm the basic dignity of all people—including our transgender congregants, friends, family members and neighbors.
We are calling on Washingtonians across the state to reject I-1552, a proposed ballot initiative that would repeal our state’s non-discrimination protections that, for 11 years now, have helped ensure transgender people are treated fairly and equally under the law.
We believe in treating others the way we’d like to be treated. And in Washington, that’s how we have done things for the last decade. We should all be treated equally under the law—and we cannot back away from that commitment now.
As people of faith we are called to take a stand for those who face discrimination. We oppose I-1552’s attempt to repeal our state’s non-discrimination protections. Doing so would single out our transgender neighbors for different treatment and potentially put their safety at risk and would have unintended consequences for all of us.