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Topic: West Virginia

West Virginia Senate guts RFRA bill; future of controversial measure in doubt Metro News  •  March 1, 2016 CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Senate has put the brakes on the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration bill (HB4012), making significant language changes that bill supporters say guts the measure. The Senate, on a 23-11 vote Tuesday evening, approved an amendment by Sens. Corey Palumbo (D-K
Lewisburg, West Virginia council unanimously approves human rights ordinance Register-Herald  •  February 2, 2016 As amended, the ordinance prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, which are described as human rights and civil rights of all persons “without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, blindness, handicap, or sexual orientation an
Bipartisan effort to enact LGBT protections underway in West Virginia Sun Times  •  January 25, 2016 West Virginia state lawmakers from both political parties released a video on Monday, voicing their support for LGBT nondiscrimination protections. The state’s current Human Rights Act doesn’t include gender identity or sexual orientation as protected classes. Read more here.
Martinsburg, West Virginia City Council advances nondiscrimination ordinance Herald-Mail Media  •  January 22, 2016 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Martinsburg City Council voted Thursday night during a special meeting to advance an ordinance to a third reading that would bar discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, if adopted, would extend employment an
Proposed West Virginia nondiscrimination ordinances cause debate about bathrooms Charleston Gazette-Mail  •  January 2, 2016 A young woman who lives in one of the West Virginia cities considering a new nondiscrimination ordinance is so fearful of being harassed or attacked that she wouldn’t agree to an interview or her name being used for a story. Yet an ongoing campaign in the town where she lives is meant to instill f
Lewisburg, West Virginia nondiscrimination proposal draws hundreds, passes first test Register Herald  •  December 17, 2015 While the exceptionally large audience for Tuesday evening’s city council meeting appeared to be evenly divided on the issue, Lewisburg officials were unanimous in passing the first reading of an ordinance barring discrimination in the municipality. The ordinance amends the city’s existi
Martinsburg, West Virginia Considers Expansion of Nondiscrimination Law WOWK  •  July 30, 2015 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – Martinsburg City Council members are considering adding sexual orientation to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance. Media outlets report that the council voted unanimously Wednesday night to authorize the city attorney to draft an ordinance granting job and ot
Antigay ‘Religious Freedom’ Bills Die in West Virginia The Advocate  •  March 18, 2015 Three antigay bills have died in the West Virginia legislature with the end of the session. Lawmakers closed their 2015 legislative session Saturday at midnight without passing two bills that would have permitted businesses to discriminate against customers under the guise of religious freedom and o
Editorial: Proposed West Virginia Discrimination Law Heads in Wrong Direction Herald-Dispatch  •  March 5, 2015 A bill in the West Virginia Legislature that would have nullified some local governments’ anti-discrimination laws is apparently on the back burner, as it should be. No matter how proponents of the bill tried to paint it, the upshot would have been to take away protections from certain groups
Dozens Pack Public Hearing On West Virginia Bill That Would Prohibit Nondiscrimination Ordinances WCHS  •  February 27, 2015 CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dozens lined a public hearing Friday in the West Virginia House of Delegates’ chambers on a bill that would prohibit cities from having nondiscrimination ordinances. Most speakers were against HB 2881, or the “West Virginia Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act,&#