The proposed initiative to restrict bathroom and locker-room access for transgender people won’t be on Washington state’s November election ballot.
The campaign in support of Initiative 1515 indicated Thursday it couldn’t gather the 246,000 signatures needed, according to David Ammons, spokesman for the Washington Secretary of State’s Office.
I-1515 would have amended state anti-discrimination law so access to “private facilities” could be limited to those who are “biologically” male or female regardless of how they identify, according to a summary of the ballot measure.
It also called for limiting state and local regulations regarding gender-identity discrimination and permitting lawsuits against schools that allow access to facilities based on gender identity.
“Washingtonians have sent a clear message — we won’t discriminate,” Kirby said in a statement.
“Washingtonians value fairness and equality and we believe that everyone in our state should be able to earn a living, frequent a business, earn an education, and raise a family free from the fear of discrimination,” he added later.