Just Want Privacy, the campaign behind Washington’s proposed anti-trans bathroom measure I-1515, is struggling to obtain enough signatures qualify for the November ballot. Now, with three weeks to go before the state’s signature-gathering deadline, Just Want Privacy has brought on extra help: Chris Plante, the former deputy campaign director for Preserve Marriage Washington, the state’s failed anti-gay marriage campaign in 2012.
Plante, who remains an independent contractor on retainer for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), told The Stranger in an e-mail that he was asked by Just Want Privacy to help gather signatures. “My retainer role with NOM is not a factor in me being out here, the Just Want Privacy campaign asked me directly to take on this role,” he wrote.
Like Just Want Privacy, NOM and Preserve Marriage Washington once used concern about children to lobby against LGBTQ rights. Plante once said that gay marriage turns children into “little teacup dogs—it’s an accessory to put in my purse.”
Here’s a video that the Family Research Council produced for Preserve Marriage Washington documenting the “shock” parents felt when their children were introduced to the idea of homosexuality:
According to Just Want Privacy’s website, the campaign has only collected 25,275 signatures out of the 246,000 it needs to qualify for the ballot.