WV Senator Introduces Sexual Orientation Legal Protections Bill
American modern values may be under attack out West in places like Wyoming and Montana, but it’s alive and well in the old American Colonies. From Maryland to Rhode Island to West Virginia (orignally part of colonial Virginia). D-Senator Jeff Kessler is introducing legislation to protect LGBT citizens of that state by adding sexual orientation to the anti-discrimination law. While similar measures have failed in recent years, Sen. Kessler has re-introduced legislation and is leaving it up to the house to determine the fate of freedom for 10% of West Virginia’s population.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sen. Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, gave an impassioned speech Monday in support of legislation to add sexual orientation to the state’s anti-discrimination laws.
“It is time to recognize once and for all in West Virginia that, clearly, all men and all women are created equal,” Kessler, acting Senate president and a candidate in the gubernatorial special election, said during a rally outside of Senate chambers.
“These are individuals who are who they are,” Kessler said. “They have no more ability to change their orientation than they do the color of their skin.”
Kessler said he believes it is wrong to discriminate against people based on their race, gender, age, “or the God they love, or the person they love.”
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