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Vote for justice
Vote for justice
The primaries are where the action is this year in the state of Washington, especially when it comes to securing justice in the courts. Your vote in the primary on September 19 could make all the difference.

SUPREME COURT RACES

Remember that Supreme Court decision that came down 5-4 a few weeks ago? Our state Supreme Court justices are elected, and it's important that all voters understand what's at stake. Three of the nine Washington Supreme Court justices are up for re-election, and they face opponents who are backed by conservative anti-Gay organizations.

Justice Tom Chambers wrote an eloquent, legally accurate dissent to the main court opinion in the Andersen case, and Justice Susan Owens signed on to it. Justices Chambers and Owens treat all parties in legal cases in accordance with America's most important legal principle: all people are entitled to equal protection under the law. We need such reasonable, fair-minded justices on the court-and they are both at risk. Equal Rights Washington is committed to working to re-elect Justices Owens and Chambers, and we need your help.

Judicial elections can be decided in the September primary election if a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote. Equal Rights Washington urges everyone who believes in equality for all Washingtonians to vote for Justice Susan Owens and Justice Tom Chambers in the primary election.

Justice Gerry Alexander signed the majority opinion, and wrote a weak concurrence, acknowledging the injustice of discrimination in marriage laws. We are disappointed that Justice Alexander did not follow his own logic and join with the dissenters, and therefore have not endorsed him. However, Justice Alexander is opposed by John Groen, a reactionary idealogue supported by radical right groups such as Faith and Freedom Network and the Human Life PAC. John Groen would be no friend to the LGBT community or to anyone who values the fairness and equality our state constitution guarantees. Equal Rights Washington strongly opposes John Groen and urges you to vote for Justice Alexander.

Retain Justices Susan Owens, Tom Chambers, and Gerry Alexander. And talk to your friends and family about the importance of these races, too. Many people are unfamiliar with judicial candidates and many people who vote in primaries do not vote for justices. These races are critical for the future of our state, and you, your friends, and your family, could make the difference. For more information about the judicial races, visit www.upholdtheconstitution.com.

WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE

Twenty-nine years of effort culminated in the passage of the state's anti-discrimination law this past January. That victory was hard-won by countless activists, organizations, and legislators who took up the cause - but it was only possible because fair-minded legislators in Olympia supported the bill, and some took political risks to do so. We must support those who stood by us in their races in September and again in November.

KYLE TAYLOR LUCAS FOR SENATOR IN THE 35TH DISTRICT

Democrat Kyle Taylor Lucas challenges incumbent state Senator Tim Sheldon for the 35th District seat.

Senator Sheldon repeatedly voted against the anti-discrimination bill. Lucas has been active in the community with groups addressing state and local government policy, human rights, minority justice, natural resources protection, and domestic violence education and awareness. We know she'll make a great senator. For more information, visit http://www.kyleforsenate.com.

JAMIE PEDERSEN FOR REPRESENTATIVE IN THE 43RD DISTRICT

Many in our community know Pedersen as Lambda Legal's lead volunteer lawyer in our state's marriage equality case. The 43rd district race to fill the seat vacated by Representative Ed Murray (running for Senate) is hotly contested. For information about Pedersen's campaign, visit www.peopleforpedersen.org.

EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON PAC

The Equal Rights Washington political action committee, Equal Rights Washington PAC, is working to elect fair-minded legislators and justices while demonstrating the strength of the LGBT community. Your political dollars can serve candidates and make a statement at the same time. Right now, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is matching donations to the ERW PAC dollar-for-dollar. For information about giving to the ERW PAC, call 206-324-2570 or email info@equalrights washington.org.
 

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