Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Today’s House hearing on West Virginia’s so-called Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act, HB 2881, received overwhelming opposition from LGBT and straight advocates, business leaders, community members and elected officials.

According to The Register-Herald, only three religious leaders -- Brandon Hawley, John Jordan and Ray Lambert – spoke in support the bill, which would walk back LGBT equality in the state.

The so-called Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act, HB 2881, would enshrine discrimination into West Virginia law, in addition to repealing any municipal level non-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Earlier this week, HRC joined Fairness West Virginia, the statewide civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to fair treatment and civil rights for LGBT West Virginians, in condemning HB 2881.

“This bill is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt by anti-equality forces to strip away local control and deny municipal governments the ability to pass civil rights protections for LGBT people,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “We call on all fair-minded West Virginians to stand up and help us defeat this hateful bill.”

HB2881 was sent back to the House Government Organization Committee. However, at any point, the bill could return to the floor for consideration. We need your help to ensure this bill does not move forward.  Contact your House Delegate today and tell them that you oppose this anti-LGBT bill.

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