OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney
General Bob Ferguson has announced he will lead a coalition of states urging a
U.S. District Court not to block the federal government’s ability to protect
the civil rights of transgender people.
In May, Texas led a group of 11 states asking the U.S.
District Court for the Northern District of Texas to issue an injunction that
would block federal guidelines related to the treatment of transgender people. The guidelines
prohibit employers and school districts from disallowing the use of facilities
by transgender individuals that is consistent with their gender identity.
“Texas’ lawsuit is just another unacceptable example of the
discrimination transgender individuals experience,” Ferguson said. “While Texas
and other states hide behind unfounded safety concerns, this case is really an
attempt to deny the civil rights of our transgender friends, coworkers and
Handling this case on behalf of the Attorney General’s
Office are Solicitor General Noah Purcell, deputy solicitor general Alan Copsey
and assistant attorney general Colleen Melody, the chief of the office's Wing Luke
Civil Rights Unit.
Other states involved in the brief are California,
Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New
Mexico, New York, Oregon and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia.