Washington Sexual Orientation Anti-Discrimination, Initiative 677 (1997)

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The Washington Sexual Orientation Anti-Discrimination Initiative, also known as Initiative 677, was on the November 4, 1997 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, employment agencies and labor organizations.[1]

Election results

Washington Sexual Orientation Anti-Discrimination, Initiative 677 (1997)
Defeatedd No985,16959.66%
Yes 666,073 40.34%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

Shall discrimination based on sexual orientation be prohibited in employment, employment agency, and union membership practices, without requiring employee partner benefits or preferential treatment?[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 677 was filed on February 11, 1997 by Suzanne J. Thomas of Seattle. 229,793 signatures were collected to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1997 Voters Pamphlet", accessed September 3, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People", accessed September 3, 2013