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15 states urge U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans

Monday, April 6, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
Eight states where same-sex couples can marry are among 15 states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans and leave the matter to voters and lawmakers. [...]

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

Friday, February 27, 2015
West-Virginia
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
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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
West-Virginia
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
West-Virginia
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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