Washington Supreme Court reverses 1960 cemetery decision

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court has reversed its 1960 decision that allowed cemeteries to discriminate on the basis of race, a rule considered irrelevant as federal and state regulations have already made it illegal. The Seattle Times reported that the Supreme Court said on Thursday it was trying to reckon with the court system’s long history of racial discrimination. Following national protests stemming from the police killing of George Floyd, all nine justices on the court wrote an open letter in June foreshadowing its plans to overrule the decision that made it illegal for cemeteries to refuse burial to any person based on race.