Rep. Brendan Williams says he’ll be participating in a rally today against Ralph’s Thriftway in Olympia. The storeowners, including Kevin Stormans, refuse to allow their pharmacy to stock the emergency contraceptive Plan B.
That issue has been a controversy for a year, resulting most recently in a lawsuit against the state over a new rule requiring pharmacists to dispense legal prescriptions. Stormans is in on that lawsuit and so is the Alliance Defense Fund.
Williams, an Olympia Democrat, called the Alliance Defense Fund “a far-right hate group that does not represent my community’s values,” in a press release.
The release cited reasons for the description:
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The fund is also involved in a local lawsuit over one man’s request to place a Nativity in the Capitol.
No doubt the Fund does not agree with Williams characterization of it as a hate group. We’ve put in a call and post their response.
UPDATE: Alas, we did not get an official response from ADF. We did, however, talk to Kevin Stormans, co-owner of the store, who said: