Joint statement on preliminary injunction ruling in Legal Counsel for Youth and Children, et. al. v. State of Washington

News Release: 
Friday, June 21, 2024
For Immediate Release
June 21, 2024

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Seattle — The King County Superior Court in Seattle has granted a partial preliminary injunction in Legal Counsel for Youth and Children, et. al. v. State of Washington, pausing the implementation and enforcement of portions of Initiative 2081.

The ACLU of Washington, Legal Voice, and QLaw Foundation filed a lawsuit in May on behalf of ten plaintiffs to prevent Initiative 2081 from going into effect. The initiative — which was passed by the Washington Legislature in March — contains vague, misleading language that changes important laws designed to protect youth privacy. The initiative violates the state constitution by failing to disclose how it affects several existing laws. Its implementation will harm LGBTQ+ students, homeless students, youth of color, and students from other marginalized backgrounds.

Adrien Leavitt, staff attorney for the ACLU of Washington, had the following reaction:

“We are pleased with this ruling as it will prevent parts of I-2081 from causing further harm while we seek a final decision in this case — but this is not the end. We will keep fighting this case in hopes of a final judgment that shows this harmful law violates the State Constitution and should not be implemented or enforced.”

Denise Diskin, attorney for QLaw Foundation, had this reaction:

“This ruling is a relief for LGBTQ+ students who would otherwise be targeted by this initiative if it were implemented. I-2081 is a dangerous law that will increase the number of LGBTQ+ youth who are unhoused because their families reject them, and will have life-altering outcomes for all youth. Our team is committed to ensuring that Washington State continues its long history of protecting, not hindering, youth privacy.”

Julia Marks, litigation attorney for Legal Voice, had the following statement:

"Today’s ruling helps protect youth's confidential access to important health care and support. Survivors of sexual assault, LGBTQ+ youth, youth who need reproductive and sexual health care, and other vulnerable students rely on trusted adults at school who can confidentially help them navigate challenges. I-2081 would jeopardize this confidentiality, but the court ruling stops those sections of the Initiative from going into effect.”