Statement on Washington state’s commitment to a discrimination-free environment for all students

The members of the Washington State Legislature’s LGBTQ caucus jointly released the following statement on Washington’s commitment to ensuring all students have the right to a discrimination-free environment:

“Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal, was both clear and firm in his statement this morning about the protections transgender students have under state law. In light of yesterday’s action by the Trump Administration, it is reassuring to know our state not only has strong anti-discrimination laws on the books, but that our state’s chief school administrator is firmly committed to upholding those laws and ensuring every student feels safe and welcome in our public schools. We join Supt. Reykdal in this commitment, and stand arm in arm with our transgender sisters and brothers, as well as with all who are working to end discrimination wherever it exists.”

Statement on the state Supreme Court’s decision in Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers

The members of the Washington State Legislature’s LGBTQ caucus jointly released the following statement on the state Supreme Court’s decision in Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers:

“This morning, our state’s highest court unanimously confirmed discrimination is always wrong. While Washington’s constitution provides strong religious freedom protections, it doesn’t permit one’s religious beliefs to violate our anti-discrimination laws. A business providing goods and services to the public doesn’t get to discriminate against some people under the guise of religious freedom. This is a victory for equality and tolerance in the state of Washington.”