Section One

March 18, 2005

Volume 33,
Issue 11

Wed, Feb 10, 2016


TAKE ACTION! Senate hearing scheduled on Anderson-Murray Civil Rights Bill for Tuesday, March 22
Gather up your friends and attend Tuesday’s hearing. Write a letter to your Senator. Call the Legislative Hotline and leave your Senator a message at 1-800-562-6000


Already having passed out of the House, the Anderson-Murray Anti-Discrimination Bill has been referred to the Senate Financial Institutions, Housing and Consumer Protection committee for a hearing on March 22. This bill would make discrimination in employment, housing and other public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender identity, illegal. The vote in the Senate is expected to be close so call and write your Senator today to voice your support!

Below is the sample letter. To find your Senator, log on to

Dear (Your Senator’s name here),

Please vote in favor of SB 6019, the Anderson-Murray Anti-Discrimination Bill. This legislation would make illegal discrimination in employment, housing and other public accommodation based on sexual orientation. Washington would be the 15th state nationwide to implement such landmark legislation.

Discrimination remains a grave reality for many of Washington’s LGBT residents. In face, recent surveys show that most gays and lesbians have been discriminated against. The Anderson-Murray bill would add the words ‘sexual orientation’ to a list of categories under the jurisdiction of the state’s Human Rights Commission, including: race, creed, color, marital status and more. Passage would not effect the hiring requirements of religious institutions which are exempt from the current law and would not result in increased costs to businesses.

Passing this bill into law provides no threat to others and their well-being, it simply extends protection from outright discrimination to all Washingtonians, regardless of sexual orientation. That is not too much to ask. Please vote in favor of this bill.


Your Name


Here is a sample phone message you can leave for your Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000:

Hi. My name is _______________. I’m calling to voice my support for Senate Bill 6019, the Anderson-Murray Anti-Discrimination Bill. All Washington residents deserve to be protected by law from discrimination, regardless of their sexual orientation. It is an outrage that such a law has not yet been passed. Please vote in favor of the passage of this landmark legislation.t

Communities in Action Network

Rex Wockner