HB 4012 DIES ON SENATE FLOOR 7-27!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2015
Contact: Carling McManus
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“LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE” BILL DIES ON WV SENATE FLOOR

Today, West Virginia House Bill 4012 also known as the “Religious Freedom Protection Act” was rejected by the West Virginia Senate in a vote of 7-27. This legislation sought to legalize discrimination in the name of religion.

The following statements can be attributed to Andrew Schneider, Executive Director of the Fairness West Virginia, the statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights advocacy organization:

“The WV Senate’s rejection of House Bill 4012 is a resounding victory for Fairness West Virginia, our allies, our supporters, and Mountaineers everywhere.”

“With similar discriminatory legislation being considered in states across the nation, West Virginia sent a clear message to the world that Mountaineers do not tolerate discrimination. This action proves once again that bipartisan support for nondiscrimination principles is a guiding force in our state.”

“We are grateful to the Senators and Delegates who voted to uphold nondiscrimination principles and to honor the dignity and humanity of all West Virginians regardless of who they are or who they love.”

“While we celebrate this victory today, we must remember that without a statewide nondiscrimination law, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender West Virginians will continue to be vulnerable to discrimination simply because of who they are and who they love.”

“We have made enormous progress for LGBT civil rights in West Virginia, including the passage of nondiscrimination protections in eight municipalities that cover over 150,000 West Virginians, but there is still much work left to be done. Fairness West Virginia will continue to fight tirelessly until those protections are extended to all 1.8 million Mountaineers.”

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