Morgantown Council Supports LGBT Rights
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on February 06, 2014 @ 11:23AM
Created on February 05, 2014 @ 6:49PM
Morgantown City Council members voted unanimously to support same-sex marriages and sexual orientation issues in the state legislature on Tuesday night.
The city is now backing two resolutions addressing rights of the LGBT community.
One resolution shows support for the Employment and Non-Discrimination Housing act that's already being discussed in the state legislature. The bill would add sexual orientation to this list of things people can't be discriminated against when it comes to work or finding a place to live.
The second resolution asks state lawmakers to bring up a bill addressing same-sex marriages.
The community started buzzing once people started hearing about the actions taken by council members. Equal rights advocates in the Morgantown area were pleased, but many supporters of traditional marriage were disappointed.
Fairness West Virginia is a LGBT rights activism group in the Mountain State. Kelly Kimble is the Chair of the Fairness West Virginia Board of Directors.
She said, "This kind of monumental change doesn't happen from the top down. It's not a trickle down. It happens by building from the ground up."
Tim Halloran is a pastor at Suncrest United Methodist Church in Morgantown. When it comes to issues regarding sexual orientation and same-sex marriages, he stated some members of his congregation feel as if their core values aren't being represented. But he added that regardless of someone's sexual orientation his church believes everyone should be accepted.
"Whether or not a person agrees, or disagrees, with the principles behind the decision inclusiveness and equality are universal," said Halloran.
City officials claim there were nearly 50 people who attended Tuesday night's meeting.
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