September 1, 2006
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Equal Rights Washington endorses Supreme Court Justices Chambers, Owens
Equal Rights Washington endorses Supreme Court Justices Chambers, Owens
Urges all equality minded voters to vote for Justices in the Sept. 19th Primary

[Editor's Note: The following is a statement from Equal Rights Washington's Interim Executive Director Barbara Green.]

Equal Rights Washington is pleased to announce that it has endorsed Justice Susan Owens and Justice Tom Chambers for Washington State Supreme Court. Justices Owens and Chambers have carried out their duties as jurists in accordance with the highest legal standards.

As a civil rights organization, Equal Rights Washington makes its endorsements on a simple standard: do judicial candidates have a record of treating equally all persons who come to the court seeking relief? Justices Chambers and Owens treat all parties in legal cases in accordance with America's most important legal principle: all people are created equal and are entitled to equal protection under the law. Justice Chambers and Justice Owens most recently demonstrated their commitment to equal treatment for all Washingtonian residents when they issued a powerful dissent in Washington marriage equality cases, Andersen v. King County and Castle v. State of Washington.

Both Justice Chambers and Justice Owens are facing challenges from well-financed candidates who are being supported by radical right organizations such as the Faith and Freedom Network. This organization aggressively collected signatures to repeal Washington State's anti-discrimination law that prohibits discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Judicial elections can be decided in the September primary election if a candidate receives over 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. Many people are unfamiliar with judicial candidates and many people who vote in primaries do not vote for justices. Equal Rights Washington recommends that equality minded voters talk to their friends and family about the importance of voting for Justice Owens and Justice Tom Chambers.

Founded in 2004, Equal Rights Washington is a state-wide organization with a membership of over 18,000 Gay and non-Gay advocates whose mission is to ensure and promote dignity, safety, and equality for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Washingtonians through education, lobbying and electoral work.

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