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W.Va. Senate leader: ‘No way’ we’re considering LGBT discrimination bill

Friday, February 27, 2015
West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael says there's "no way" his chamber will consider a proposal to nullify local ordinances that protect LGBT people from housing and employment discrimination. [...]

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West Virginia House panel advances bill to nullify local LGBT protections

Thursday, February 26, 2015
West Virginia state capitol in Charleston.
A West Virginia House committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would nullify local nondiscrimination ordinances that critics said amounted to “legislative gay bashing.” [...]

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W.Va. town of five residents adopts LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination law

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Thurmond, W.Va.
Thurmond, W.Va., a town of just five residents, has unanimously passed an ordinance to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [...]

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West Virginia lawmakers again advocate for non-discrimination bill

Monday, January 19, 2015
West Virginia state capitol in Charleston.
At a Fairness West Virginia news conference Monday, Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler and other Democratic officials discussed the legislation that Kessler has supported for years. [...]

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W.Va. high school reverses course, allows gay-straight alliance to form

Monday, November 17, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia high school has abruptly reversed course, and now has a Gay-Straight Alliance. The Charleston Gazette reports that Putnam County Schools spokeswoman Rudi Raynes said the club was created Monday, despite Principal Bruce McGrew’s assertion last week that allowing such a group ... [...]

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High school principal says gay-straight alliance would perpetuate bullying

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Principal Bruce McGrew
WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A West Virginia high school will not allow the formation of Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) on campus because no teachers are interested in sponsoring it, and because the principal said it would create opportunities for bullying. [...]

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Federal judge makes it official, strikes down West Virginia gay marriage ban

Friday, November 7, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Although West Virginia’s Attorney General stopped defending the state's same-sex marriage ban and gay couples began marrying last month, a federal court on Friday made it official, striking down the ban as mandated by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals' earlier ruling striking down a similar [...]

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Holder: U.S. to recognize same-sex marriages in six new states

Saturday, October 25, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states, extending federal benefits to those couples. Attorney General Eric Holder says the states are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. [...]

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West Virginia begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, October 9, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- County clerks in West Virginia were told to begin accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples Thursday after Attorney General Patrick Morrisey dropped his fight to a court challenge on the state's gay marriage ban. [...]

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What’s happening where? The latest developments in marriage equality…

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Georgia Covey, left, embraces her partner Anna Singson while waiting in line for a same sex marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. The couple, along with several other same sex couples, waited in line for two hours before they found out they couldn't get a license.
Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. Some of the 11 states affected by the denial went ahead with weddings; others are proceeding toward marriage deliberately. Others are [...]

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