The following post comes from HRC Field Assistant Nick Martin:
Last Friday, West Virginia Senate President Jeffrey Kessler introduced a inclusive state non-discrimination bill in the West Virginia Senate, saying that this measure was not only about ethical responsibility but also good economic policy. The bill, SB 486, would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in housing and employment.
“It is not about gay rights, it is about human rights, it is about equal rights,” Senator Kessler said earlier that week at a rally in Charleston, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. “It has been said that the arc of history bends toward justice. Ladies and gentlemen, it bends toward justice everywhere, including in itty-bitty West Virginia.”
The bill is expected to be introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates soon. HRC has been a strong financial supporter of Fairness West Virginia and has also been working closely with Delegate Stephen Skinner, the state’s first openly gay legislator, to pass non-discrimination protections in the Mountain State.
The West Virginia Human Rights Act currently prohibits discrimination in housing and employment based on race, religion, color, sex, and national origin. SB 486 would add LGBT people to the law.
You can contact your legislators and ask for their support for SB 486.