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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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!