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Huntington, W.Va., adds sexual orientation to non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Huntington’s City Council has added sexual orientation and veteran status to an ordinance that prohibits discrimination such as denying employment.

huntington-wvThe fairness ordinance already bars discrimination based on race, religion and other personal identifiers.

The council voted 11-0 Monday to amend the ordinance, reports the Herald-Dispatch

Justin Murdock, a member of the statewide LGBT advocacy group Fairness West Virginia, says the vote indicates that Huntington is becoming a more progressive city.

“I’m proud of this council. This ordinance has been such a breeze to work with everybody on, and that is an encouragement,” Murdock said before the vote. “I work with the disabled community in my day-to-day job, and this is a great thing for them. I see a lot of disabled veterans, and to have veterans recognized in this is important. And, on a very personal level, sexual orientation. You know, it’s time we say that discrimination is not going to be tolerated across the board.”

In all, six citizens spoke in favor of the change to the ordinance, and none spoke against it.

An effort to add sexual orientation to the city’s fairness ordinance was made in the mid-1990s, and was defeated by a 9-2 vote.

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33 more reader comments:

  1. One city at a time one state at a time equal rights for all.~B

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 3:59pm
  2. how about gender identity???

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 3:59pm
  3. :) Way to go Huntington, W.VA

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 4:12pm
  4. Good.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 4:17pm
  5. Way to go Huntington wv

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 4:29pm
  6. For sure, never thought I’d live to see the day.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 4:30pm
  7. It’s great to see positive steps in my home state!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 4:35pm
  8. Way 2 lead the way Huntington!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 4:48pm
  9. amen!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 4:49pm
  10. Gawd that’s why I love wv….

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 4:53pm
  11. Gender presentation?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 4:56pm
  12. Go Huntington !

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 5:04pm
  13. awesome!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 5:48pm
  14. I do believe I see ice crystals in hell!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 6:04pm
  15. I don’t usually admit, but I was born in Huntington, WV-my Mom’s hometown.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 6:17pm
  16. Yeah!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 6:28pm
  17. It would be awesome to see this be the next state to let us marry our lovers unlike my home state of ga

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 6:39pm
  18. Marsha’s Uncle Bill was from Huntington! A true Southern (gay) gentleman!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 7:03pm
  19. Thomas Ramey

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 7:33pm
  20. Wish Corpus Christi would do this, since we have many gays who are in power positions.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 7:50pm
  21. The things that we appreciate and treasure are those that are hard won. They teach us not to take things for granted, for if we do, they’re just as easily lost. That will be a day of joyous celebration when the last state becomes accepting and we all have our rights, from “sea to shining sea”.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 8:08pm
  22. One at a time!
    #itgetsbetter

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 8:21pm
  23. wow..even in W Va. !

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 9:33pm
  24. I am as surprised as you and I live in WV

    Replied on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 10:33am
  25. GOD

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:06pm
  26. Good! :D

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:38pm
  27. Hey Marietta Ohio! If Huntington can do it – can’t we???

    Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11:47pm
  28. Theres still hope for VA

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:00am
  29. That should get The Caiden Cowger Program’s host’s undies in a twist.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:18am
  30. thank you !

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4:10am
  31. Hey Todd Pettit!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4:20am
  32. Alright!! Go W. Va!!! (y)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4:41am
  33. Wow really? Guess they aren’t as backward as I thought down there!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 12:31pm