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posted Friday, May 8, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 19
Efforts to pass SB 5870 to ban conversion therapy in Washington state fail
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Efforts to pass SB 5870 to ban conversion therapy in Washington state fail

Dear ERW Supporter,

Some of you may have already heard, but very unfortunately, the bill to ban conversion therapy for minors (SB 5870) was killed Tuesday afternoon by the Senate Majority Coalition/Republicans. Senator Marko Liias attempted to add the bill to the schedule for consideration before the end of session, but in a 'procedural' vote the Majority Coalition voted not to allow it on the schedule, essentially killing the bill.

Although we likely had our votes to pass the bill if it was brought for a vote on topic/substance, the Majority Coalition has been able to stay strong and maintain their hold on our State Government by voting together on what they call 'procedural' votes. So although they didn't technically vote on the bill itself, voting on whether or not the bill gets heard is/was considered procedural.

I cannot tell you all how heart broken and disappointed our legislative team is in this outcome. We fought very hard this year, on many different levels and in many different arenas. We've had these setbacks before, but it always hurts more when our children and their lives and wellbeing are at stake. We'll regroup and come back stronger than ever [next year].

'The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.' - Martin Luther King Jr.

Thank you all for your work in this fight to protect our youth from abuse and injustice. We will continue to work for dignity, safety, justice and equality for all.

Best,
Monisha
Equal Rights Washington

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