We ask you to join us in sponsoring this year’s Fighting for the Majority to support restoring the state Senate to Democratic control and retaining the Democratic majority in the state House in 2014. The money that we raise this fall will help fund the campaign to unseat Rodney Tom and his Republican colleagues and ensure that advances in LGBT civil rights and on other progressive issues can resume in our state.
The 2013 legislative session provided a vivid picture of the different agendas of the two parties. House Democrats passed legislation to ensure access to college for undocumented immigrants; protected the right of women to access abortion; and approved raising revenue to fund education, human services, and transportation. Senate Republicans proposed bills to repeal the protection for LGBT people in our Law Against Discrimination and to deny women of any age access to abortion without parental consent.
In 2012, with majorities in both chambers, Democrats led the fight to make our legislature the first in the country to repeal a state defense of marriage act. In 2013, with Republicans in charge of the Senate, there was no opportunity for progress on issues such as protecting gay youth from “conversion therapy”. Allowing the standoff to continue past 2014 will also make it harder for Governor Jay Inslee to accumulate the record he will need for reelection in 2016.
Contributing to Fighting for the Majority is the most efficient and strategic way to ensure that the Democratic majority that delivered anti-discrimination, hate crime protection, safe schools, parentage rights, domestic partnerships, and marriage equality to the LGBT community can resume the fight for LGBT equality. Please join me today in sponsoring Fighting for the Majority.
Please click here to contribute to FFM. Please make your sponsorship by October 20th in order to be recognized at the event.
Josh Castle & Audrey Haberman
Co-Chairs, Fighting for the Majority