Everyone in America deserves equal treatment under the law regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression including the right to marry the partner of your choice. The ACLU works for equal rights and legal protections against discrimination and harassment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.


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Thursday, April 18, 2013
The ACLU today filed a lawsuit on behalf of a gay couple in Kennewick against a florist that refused to sell them flowers because of their sexual orientation.  When a business serves the general public, the business owner’s personal religious beliefs cannot serve as a justification for discriminating against customers.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A florist in Richland discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them flowers because of the owner’s religious beliefs. The business’ refusal to sell flowers to the couple violates the Washington Law Against Discrimination. ACLU of Washington is representing the couple in seeking remedies.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Ever since 9/11, civil libertarians have been known for issuing dire warnings about erosions of fundamental rights: Guantanamo, indefinite detention powers, warrantless wiretapping, America’s addiction to incarceration, attacks on women’s reproductive freedom, use of RFID chips on public school students (yep, a girl in Texas is actually suing her school district over that one). These are serious and ongoing concerns.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Love and equality won nearly 54% of the vote in Washington on November 6th.  In approving Referendum 74, the voters recognized that all committed, loving couples, gay and straight alike, should be able to marry under state law.  And on December 9th same-sex couples were able to take matrimonial vows in homes and courthouses across our state for the first time!
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
With the approval of R-74, same-sex couples across the state are getting ready to line up to obtain marriage licenses starting Dec.6 and are moving forward with long-cherished dreams for  marriage ceremonies.  Our state’s media have been filled with their truly heart-warming stories.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Russell delivered these remarks when he accepted the ACLU-WA’s Youth Activist Award for 2012 at the Bill of Rights Celebration Dinner on Nov. 10.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Bill of Rights Dinner on Saturday was such a celebration!  I have to tell you a story about it.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
On December 6th, one month after Washington voters approved the state’s marriage equality law, same-sex couples in Washington state will be able to apply for marriage licenses.  Washingtonians backed Referendum 74 on Election Day by a margin of 7.4 points.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The ACLU of Washington would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers who have made the campaign to Approve Referendum 74 one of the largest efforts our state has ever seen.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Today is Spirit Day when people across the country wear purple as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying.