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Transgender bathroom initiative falls short

The Columbian

Olympia –┬áThe secretary of state’s office says backers of a proposed initiative that sought to repeal a state rule allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify will not be turning in signatures.

The group supporting the proposed Initiative 1515 canceled an appointment to turn in signatures gathered, the secretary of state’s office said late Thursday. Groups trying to qualify a measure for the November ballot have until today to get their signatures in.

An initiative requires at least 246,372 valid signatures of registered state voters to be certified.

Seth Kirby, the chair of a group that opposed the effort to overturn the transgender bathroom rule, said in a statement late Thursday that “Washingtonians have sent a clear message — we won’t discriminate.”