Faith Leaders for Fairness
Faith leaders across the Mountain State agree: It’s time to pass the Fairness Act to protect LGBT West Virginians from discrimination.
As faith leaders, we believe we must do everything in our power to make sure that West Virginia is a safe place to live, work, and raise a family for all people, including members of the LGBT community. That’s why we are calling on our elected leaders to pass the Fairness Act, a common sense and bipartisan bill that will update our state’s existing laws to protect LGBT West Virginians from discrimination in employment, housing, and public spaces.
LGBT people are our friends, neighbors, family and coworkers. We are all God’s children and we all deserve to go about our daily lives without the fear of discrimination. We recognize the harm caused to our community when our state lacks the vital protections to ensure that no one is fired from a job, denied housing or refused service simply because of who they are or who they love.
Despite our diversity of faith traditions and backgrounds, we share the fundamental belief that we are all called to treat others with the respect we desire for ourselves. We encourage our fellow clergy, our elected officials, and indeed all people of faith to join us in this public commitment to equality, respect and justice for all by supporting the Fairness Act.
Director of Spiritual Formation & Campus Ministry Ethel Hornbeck | Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church | Shepherdstown
Rev. Cheryl Winter | St. Timothy’s In-The-Valley Episcopal Church | Hurricane
Rabbi Victor Urecki | Charleston
Rev. Valerie Gittings | First Baptist Church of Fairmont | Fairmont
Rev. James Wicker | Cross of Grace Lutheran Church | Hurricane
Rev. Anna Pinckney Straight | Lewisburg
Rev. Clare Sulgit | Saint Marys
Rev. Alan Williams | Huntington
Pastor Wes Bergen | Morgantown Church of the Brethren | Morgantown
Rev. Zachary Morton | Morgantown
Rev. Marquita L Hutchens | St. John’s Episcopal Church | Charleston
Bishop (ret) Ralph W. Dunkin | Trinity Lutheran | Wheeling
Rev. Emily Misfeldt | Morgantown
Rev. Patterson Lyles | Kananwha United Presbyterian Church | Charleston
Rev. Kay Albright | Bridges of Grace United Church of Christ | Charleston
Rev. Shauna Hyde | Parkersburg