Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement after the State Senate narrowly voted 24-25 to reject Senate Bill 6443, which was aimed at rolling back protections for transgender people:
“I was pleased to learn that this extreme legislation was defeated in the State Senate. This bill is out-of-touch with Washington values. It would have turned back the clock on protections for the LGBTQ community that we fought so hard to achieve.
“Transgender people are part of our families, our workplaces and our neighborhoods. They must have the right to use public restrooms and other public accommodations that conform to their gender identity without fear of harassment, discrimination or violence.
“Even as we defeat this misguided bill, we are reminded that we must remain vigilant. We must always guard against erosion of those protections for transgender and gender non-conforming people in Seattle and throughout Washington.”