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Victory!  WA Supreme Court rules in favor of gay couple in discrimination case.  Read more!
Washington Supreme Court:  There's no place for anti-LGBT bigotry in parenting plans.  Read more
Transgender Rights are Human Rights!  Read More

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Published: 
Monday, April 10, 2017
In a unanimous decision in Re: the Marriage of Black, the state Supreme Court affirmed there’s no place for LGBT bigotry in court-approved parenting plans. The Supreme Court in its decision agreed with arguments made by Rachelle’s attorneys, the ACLU-WA as friend of the court, and other organizations. The Court ruled that the trial court discriminated against Rachelle for her sexual orientation and impermissibly favored her husband’s religion—which disapproves of same-sex relationships— when it approved the parenting plan.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Washington Supreme Court today unanimously found that a Richland florist violated the state’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws when she refused to sell flowers to a gay couple for their wedding.
News Release, Published: 
Saturday, November 12, 2016
On Nov. 15 at Bellevue College, the WA Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case in which the lower court ruled a florist violated the state’s anti-discrimination law when she refused to sell flowers to a gay couple for their wedding. The ACLU is representing the couple.
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Friday, November 11, 2016
The core purpose of the public accommodation laws, as the state’s Supreme Court should affirm, is to preserve and protect the essential human dignity of all members of our diverse society. These laws benefit all of us — people of all races, faiths, national origins and sexual orientations.
News Release, Published: 
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Though Washington state has required hospitals to post on their websites the services they offer, many have failed to provide clear information. So, the ACLU-WA and allies have launched the ClearHealth Washington site to fill the information gap.
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Friday, June 17, 2016
The ACLU has long advocated for the legal rights of transgender individuals, as part of our core commitment to equality for all people.

The Rights of Transgender People in Washington State

Document, Published: 
Friday, May 27, 2016
This brochure is designed to help transgender persons understand their legal rights in Washington State. It answers many common questions about practical legal issues encountered by transgender individuals.
Published: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The ACLU proudly stands with other advocates of equality in opposing an initiative that would overturn state protections against discrimination for transgender people.
Published: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR) agreed to change a transgender veteran’s discharge record to reflect her current legal name, an action that will help her get the benefits she has earned and reduce the likelihood she’ll face discrimination.
News Release, Published: 
Monday, November 23, 2015
A private health plan has agreed to cover medically necessary health care for transgender people. Action came after a Seattle man represented by the ACLU challenged the plan’s denial of coverage for routine laboratory tests. (Client Anthony Bopp pictured)

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