CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The mayors of 12 municipalities throughout West Virginia have sent a letter urging state lawmakers to take up a bill to apply nondiscrimination policy for sexual orientation and gender identity.
The mayors who signed the letter and their respective municipalities are:
- Amy Goodwin, of Charleston
- Steve Williams, of Huntington
- Robert Rappold, of Beckley
- Bill Kawecki, of Morgantown
- George Karos, of Martinsburg
- Jim Auxer, of Shepherdstown
- Scott Rogers, of Charles Town
- Wayne Bishop, of Harpers Ferry
- J.L. Campbell, of Sutton
- John Manchester, of Lewisburg
- Glen Elliot, of Wheeling
- Melanie Dragan, of Thurmond
Each of the municipalities represented by the mayors have passed local ordinances regarding the issue. Proposed legislation, Senate Bill 391, would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes in the state’s nondiscrimination law, according to a release from civil rights advocacy organization Fairness West Virginia.
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