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Petitioning Speaker Pro Tempore Ron Fragale and 23 others

URGE the West Virginia Legislature to vote on anti-discrimination bill!

The West Virginia House of Delegates has the opportunity to pass HB2045 that would prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, public accomodations and finance on the basis of sexual orientation.  The Senate also has the opportunity to vote on SB225

HB2045 is currently being held up by House leaders that say there aren't enough votes to pass the measure.  Stephen Skinner, President of Fairness West Virginia said, "seems paralyzed at times in their inability to deal with issues related to their gay and lesbian constituents." "I believe that the votes are actually there."

The leadership must allow an up or down vote on the measure and at least give it a chance of passage!

 

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Letter to
Speaker Pro Tempore Ron Fragale
Committee Vice-Chair Stan Shaver
Senate President Ear Ray Tomblin
and 21 others
Majority Leader Brent Boggs
Acting Senate President Jeffrey V. Kessler
Majority Whip Mike Caputo
President Pro Tempore Brooks McCabe
Majority Leader John Unger II
Assistant Majority Whip  Larry Barker
Assistant Majority Whip Margaret Smith
Majority Whip D. Richard Browning
House Speaker Richard Thompson
Committee Vice-Chair Linda G. Phillips
Assistant Majority Whip Richard J. LaQuinta
Assistant Majority Whip Josh Stowers
Minority Leader Mike Hall
Assistant Majority Whip  Clif Moore
Assistant Majority Whip Randy Swartzmiller
Minority Whip Karen L. Facemyer
Assistant Majority Whip David Pethtel
Committee Chair Steven Kominar
Assistant Majority Whip Daniel Poling
Committee Chair Larry Barker
Assistant Majority Whip  Timothy R. Ennis
The West Virginia House of Delegates has the opportunity to pass HB2045 that would prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, public accomodations and finance on the basis of sexual orientation. The Senate also has the opportunity with SB226.

West Virginia has the opportunity to join the other 21 states that prohibit this type of discrimination. The votes may be there to pass the bill, if it were given a fair chance of being heard on the House and Senate Floor.

Nearly 90% of Fortune 500 companies offer this type of protection to their employees. Passing this bill would bring the state more inline with mainstream American business practice and encourage young professionals to move into the state.

Please allow a vote on the bill!