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Once again, in this month’s issue of
NWLawyer [June 2015] the association president takes off on a rant of his own and proclaims “Transgender: Part of Diversity, Not
a Pathology.” That’s quite an assertion. I was
unaware of his degree in psychiatric medicine and background in professional mental
Moreover, in his second paragraph, he
offhandedly disrespects and dismisses the
first right of the First Amendment, the exercise of religious liberty, in favor of his lobby’s
demands in general. Is this transparent politi-cization now official policy of the WSBA? And
how would that be proper for an organization
that requires mandatory membership?
If this were merely a letter to the editor,
I would pass it off as just an item containing
parts with which one may take issue. But is
not Mr. Gipe purporting to speak for the lawyers of Washington state?
Perhaps the Board of Governors would
consider devising a mechanism by which
those of us who don’t go along with such conduct can obtain a prorated refund or reduction
in our dues in instances where the bar leadership commandeers the WSBA for its exclusive
and one-sided political purposes.
David D. Cullen, Olympia
I read with interest yet another article regarding the plight of the LGBT community
and the legal issues related thereto — this
one authored by the president of the WSBA.
While he lauds the “enormous strides in the
advancement and understanding of gay and
lesbian equality” he decries the “increased
pushback on gay and lesbian equality where
fundamental gay and lesbian rights are pitted
against a desire to discriminate under a claim
of religious liberty…” I take serious issue with
the unfounded assumption that faith-based
professionals, including attorneys, who oppose the universal and unqualified acceptance
of a chosen lifestyle which many genuinely
regard as repugnant are motivated by a supposed “desire to discriminate” under the guise