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By Izumi Hansen
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Senate rejects bill repealing state rule on transgender use of restrooms


The Senate Wednesday rejected 25-24 a bill that would repeal a rule affirming that people can use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.

The Washington State Human Rights Commission created the rule, which went into effect last December, as a clarification of a 2006 law that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity.

“This has been the law in Washington state for 10 years, and all that the law has done in 10 years is protect the lives and civil rights of innocent people,” Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, said before voting.

Proponents of SB 6443, speaking during floor debate Wednesday, said it protected people from predators, who could use the rule to disg...

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