Yesterday afternoon, the Just Want Privacy Campaign announced its formation and
intention to run a ballot initiative that will roll back the Human Rights
Commission's open-bathroom rule.
chairman of the Campaign, explained that the public is very uncomfortable
with the new rule.
indicates that more than two-thirds of Washingtonians oppose this rule.
The public is particularly uncomfortable with the idea that their children
would be forced to share locker room facilities with people of the opposite
gender in school."
But he said the first step is ensuring they have the ability to
initiative campaign is an incredibly difficult task. That is why, before
we file an initiative, we need to raise $100,000 and identify 1,000 volunteers
who will help gather signatures. This is truly a case of the people versus
the special interests, so we need a lot of people to become part of this
President of the Washington Women's Network, and spokesperson for Just Want
Privacy, said that overturning the open bathroom rule is a women's rights
"We stand completely against the HRC mandate which puts women
and girls at risk for sexual assault and opens the door, literally, to those
who want to abuse. Every human person has the human right to privacy and
Kaeley Triller Haver, a
survivor of sexual abuse, noted that the new bathroom rule is already being
used by men to gain access to places they have no right to be.
of us who are survivors of sexual assault, locker room environments are
traumatic enough already. But the law should not protect the right for
someone with male anatomy to undress next to me. We must fix this
With this effort, Washington joins several other states in a quest to protect the privacy and safety of women and children. Just last week, lawmakers in South Dakota passed a law prohibiting this sort of rule from ever being enacted in their state. While the bill passed the legislature, South Dakota Governor Doug Daugaard is being pressured by LGBT-advocacy groups to veto it. Rules similar to Washington's have now been introduced in Anchorage, Alaska, and Charlotte, North Carolina, among others.
Despite the media and many legislators' willful ignorance of the concerns of the people, we are confident that compassion and common-sense will prevail through a successful ballot initiative in November.
You can help the Just
Want Privacy Campaign identify 1,000 volunteers and raise
$100,000 to launch this campaign at www.JustWantPrivacy.org.
Then encourage your
friends to do the same by sharing this on social media. Click here for the Just
Want Privacy Campaign's Facebook page, and Twitter account.
signatures must be turned in by July 8th or else the public's voice on this
issue cannot and will not be heard.
If you have any questions
about the campaign, you can call the Campaign HQ at (425) 409-8186.
Standing for Safety and Privacy,
Family Policy Institute of Washington