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March 29, 2005

Sign the pledge for equality

Evergreen Politics ally Jennifer Lindenauer writes:

I have been spending a lot of time volunteering for Equal Rights Washington. ERW is a group I helped start to build political power for the LGBT [that's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered for you acronym-impaired types. --Ed.] community in Washington state. In a very short amount of time, ERW has had some amazing accomplishments. For example, we helped unseat Senator Jim Horn (R-Mercer Island) who voted against the anti-discrimination bill and as a result, helped the Democrats take control of the Senate.

We are closer than ever to passing an anti-discrimination bill that includes sexual orientation. When we pass the bill (HB 1515), our opponents will work hard to overturn that accomplishment. And many believe that Washington will be the next state to legalize marriage equality.

In order to build up momentum for this fight, Equal Rights Washington is asking supporters of equality to take a stand by taking the The Equality Pledge.

The Equality Pledge is a public declaration of your support for LGBT folks:  In return, Equal Rights Washington pledges to do all we can to keep you informed.

I'm not usually one for online petitions, but I think this one is being framed and executed well -- this is one of those issues where the "silent majority" who support equal rights for everyone can move the debate simply by standing up and being counted. 

If you feel like doing more than simply "being counted" you can:

  • Call your State Senator right now at 1-800-562-6000 where the nice operators will connect you straight up to your Senator's office and you can urge them to vote for HB1515.
  • Volunteer to phone bank in support of HB1515.

And finally, for you news hounds, ERW is doing a nice job of blogging press clips related to the anti-discrimination bill.

Posted by Jon Stahl on March 29, 2005 at 08:03 PM in Policy | Permalink

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