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Civil Union Bill Introduced in West Virginia

A civil union bill has been introduced in West Virginia:

DoyleDelegate John Doyle says he introduced the bill Thursday to start a conversation about family equality. The Jefferson County Democrat says that gay and lesbian couples should have the same safety net to deal with the death of a parent or the loss of a job as married couples.

Fairness WV, which advocates on behalf of the gay, lesbian and transgender community, says this is the first time a civil union bill has been introduced in the West Virginia Legislature.

An LGBT anti-discrimination bill also introduced by Doyle has seen no movement since its introduction.

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  1. Great that he's doing this, but it is West VA. Debatable on whether it's as bad as regular VA (WV having more Democrats), but it still seems like a long shot.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 17, 2012 9:56:49 AM

  2. NOM must be running out of little fat fingers to plug all the holes springing in their anti-gay civil rights dam. You know they're up against it when they have to divert resources to West, By God, Virginia! Next thing you know we'll be opening up a front in Mississippi. I'll be volunteering to go to the front lines for that one since I'm a native and speak the language fluently.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 17, 2012 10:00:25 AM

  3. This is a brave man. I salute you, Delegate John Doyle, for having the strength to stand up for what's right, even when you are the only one.

    Posted by: MIleHighJoe | Feb 17, 2012 1:42:27 PM

  4. I really hope this can pass. The house of delegates rejected a constitutional ban on marriage equaity by a 68-32 vote and the senate rejected it 28-6. If it can get a vote it has a decent chance of passing.

    Posted by: Jim | Feb 17, 2012 2:52:50 PM

  5. "to start a conversation about family equality"

    RIGHT ON!! It's gotta start somewhere, people. Thanks Mr. Doyle!

    Posted by: sparks | Feb 17, 2012 3:04:03 PM

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