City Council in Lewisburg, WV Unanimously Adopts LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • February 2, 2016 • 11:26 am

Last night, February 1, in Lewisburg, West Virginia, the City Council unanimously voted to adopt LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections, following five hours of discussion on the need for the critical ordinance protecting West Virginians from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public places.

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Dozens of speakers shared public comments with the Lewisburg City Council. The Register-Herald reported:

Episcopal priest Elizabeth Walker, who lives in Lewisburg, said, “I believe we are looking at a question of equality.” She pointed out that people “came to this country to escape religious persecution,” stating her conviction that “religious beliefs should not be forced onto others. … Discrimination is wrong.”

Andrew Schneider, Executive Director of Fairness West Virginia, which is working statewide toward building momentum for comprehensive non-discrimination, said last night:

“With tonight’s vote, Lewisburg has joined the growing list of inclusive cities that want to ensure that all residents may live and work free from discrimination. While we celebrate this incredible victory for LGBT civil rights today in Lewisburg, our work is far from over. We will continue to march forward supporting communities dedicated to creating a more tolerant West Virginia and we will continue to fight against bad legislation like House Bill 4012 that seeks to legalize discrimination against the LGBT community.”

Last week in West Virginia, lawmakers considered House Bill 4012, a broad bill that purports to protect “religious freedom” but actually can be used as a license to discriminate against LGBT people in the state. Read more about the hearing here.

Non-discrimination protections in West Virginia enjoy wide support from state lawmakers, including Republicans and Democrats alike. Just last week, Fairness West Virginia released a video showcasing statements from a bipartisan slate of nearly a dozen lawmakers, including the Republican Senate Majority Leader. Watch below:

And learn more about non-discrimination protections in West Virginia.


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