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David Foggin

W.Va. high school teacher suspended for Facebook post mocking gay group

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A West Virginia high school teacher has been suspended following a Facebook post he made in which he appears to be mocking a planned meeting of the school’s gay-straight alliance. [ Read more → ]
David Foggin

W.Va. teacher under fire for Facebook post mocking gay-straight alliance

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- A West Virginia school district is investigating a high school teacher over a Facebook post in which he appears to be mocking a planned meeting of the school's gay-straight alliance. [ Read more → ]

Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South. [ Read more → ]
W.Va. state capitol in Charleston.

W.Va. Senate to consider workplace non-discrimination bill

Monday, February 3, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bill introduced in the West Virginia Senate would make it unlawful for employers and landlords to discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge says suit challenging W.Va. gay marriage ban can proceed

Friday, January 31, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A federal judge says most of a lawsuit challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage can proceed. [ Read more → ]

Attorneys say Utah, Okla., rulings could influence challenge in W.Va.

Thursday, January 16, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An attorney whose group is challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages says she's encouraged by recent federal rulings overturning such prohibitions in Oklahoma and Utah. [ Read more → ]
Lambda LegalPlaintiffs Nancy Michael and Jane Fenton with their son Drew.

Lambda Legal seeks swift ruling in W.Va. same-sex marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a motion for summary judgment asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to rule swiftly in a case brought by three same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R-W.Va.)

W.Va. attorney general to defend state’s gay marriage ban in federal court

Friday, November 22, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Attorney General's Office said in a motion Friday that it wants to defend in federal court the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

W.Va. National Guard now issuing military cards to same-sex spouses

Monday, November 11, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The National Guard in West Virginia is now granting military ID cards to same-sex spouses, ensuring that they get benefits such as health care. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)

Manchin, last Democratic holdout in Senate, announces support for ENDA

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
WASHINGTON -- All Democrats in the Senate are backing a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]

W.Va. county clerk wins more time to answer same-sex marriage suit

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A judge is giving the clerk of West Virginia's biggest county 60 more days to answer a lawsuit over the state's ban on same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]

County clerk in W.Va. seeks delay in same-sex marriage lawsuit

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The clerk of West Virginia's biggest county says she needs more time to respond to a lawsuit over the state's ban on same-sex marriages and has asked a judge to postpone her Wednesday deadline. [ Read more → ]
Lambda LegalPlaintiffs Nancy Michael and Jane Fenton with their son Drew.

Lambda Legal files federal lawsuit seeking marriage equality in W.Va.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A national gay rights organization is challenging West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]

W.Va. House scraps bills to prohibit jury discrimination against gays

Saturday, April 13, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bid that would have prohibited discrimination against gays and lesbians in jury selection in West Virginia failed in the state House. [ Read more → ]

W.Va. House approves bill prohibiting jury discrimination against gays

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Gays and lesbians can be fired or evicted in West Virginia because of their sexual orientation, but they could no longer be excluded from serving on juries under a bill passed by the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. [ Read more → ]

Bill to add LGBT protections to W.Va. anti-discrimination law falters

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the U.S. Supreme Court heard historic arguments over same-sex marriage, a lead supporter signaled defeat Wednesday for the latest bid in the House of Delegates to add sexual orientation and gender identity to West Virginia's anti-discrimination laws. [ Read more → ]
Sens. Joe Manchin (left) and jay Rockefeller

West Virginia Senators split on DOMA repeal

Monday, March 25, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller says he now opposes a federal law barring same-sex marriage. But his fellow Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin, still supports the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]

W.Va. state Senate advances bill to charge for HIV testing

Thursday, March 7, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Facing pressure from shrinking federal funds, the West Virginia Senate advanced a bill Thursday that would allow local health departments to charge patients for testing for sexually transmitted diseases. [ Read more → ]

W.Va. Senate to consider adding sexual orientation to Human Rights Act

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Senate President Jeffrey Kessler expects to introduce a bill by the end of the week that would prohibit firing or evicting anyone on the basis of their sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

West Virginia refuses drivers license to legally married same-sex spouse

Friday, December 7, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- It's been a year since Cynthia Landis married her partner, Melissa Landis, in the District of Columbia, and since that time Cynthia's legal last name has been Landis -- in fact, it now says so on her Social Security card, her District of Columbia marriage certificate and her Virginia driver's license. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Skinner

West Virginia elects first openly gay state legislator

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Stephen Skinner tonight has become the first openly gay candidate to win election to the West Virginia state legislature. [ Read more → ]

14-year-old talk show host: ‘President Obama is making kids gay’ (Video)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Caiden Cowger, a 14-year old who hosts a popular conservative radio talk show in West Virginia claims that “President Obama is making kids gay,” and says that 30 kids he knows who weren’t gay when they were growing up have now decided to subscribe to the “belief” of homosexuality. [ Read more → ]

West Virginia considering LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying measure

Monday, November 7, 2011
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - A proposed anti-bullying policy for schools in West Virginia is drawing praise and criticism for acknowledging -- for the first time -- that sexual orientation and gender identity are common reasons for harassment. [ Read more → ]

West Virginia House fails to pass non-discrimination bill — again

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
For the third time, the West Virginia state House has failed to take up the bills outlawing housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, despite heavy support in the state Senate. [ Read more → ]
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