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West Virginia House Votes Down Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

]photo via flickr user jimbowen0306 Yesterday, the West Virginia House of Delegates overwhelmingly voted down an attempt by House Republicans to move a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. In a sweeping victory for the LGBT community and our allies, the advance of this discriminatory legislation was defeated by a vote of 68 to 30. HJR5, or the Marriage Protection Amendment, would have called for a public vote to define marriage as between one man and one woman within the state’s constitution. This bill will likely resurface in the State Senate in the coming weeks where it has been defeated in the past.  Additionally in the absence of a constitutional amendment, the legislature may determine the definition of marriage which they have done through a Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  A Constitutional amendment, like the one proposed, would certainly be far more damaging than current law.

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