Title IX for Grown Ups

By Josh Feit May 12, 2009

One of the bills we flagged in our  civil liberties  wrap up from Olympia this year (good legislation and bad legislation), was a bill—great bill—that outlaws gender discrimination at community and municipal sports facilities like soccer fields. Community centers, for example, can't just schedule the guys' league on the awesome field and give women the lame field in the dark.

It's sorta like Title IX for grown ups. 

Governor Gregoire signed the bill into law today. (I wonder if she'll Twitter on it.)

The ACLU—which lobbied for the bill (it was sponsored by Seattle Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Wells and Bainbridge Island Rep. Christine Rolfes)—issued this statement today: 

“Females who are forced to accept second-class treatment in sports are conditioned to accept second-class status in other areas as well. This bill will ensure that all athletes have a fair and equal chance to participate in community athletic programs,” said ACLU-WA executive director Kathleen Taylor.

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