Morgantown, West Virginia City Council Unanimously Approves LGBTQ ProtectionsBy Adam Polaski • October 20, 2017 • 4:29 pm
The movement to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination at the local level continues to pick up momentum in West Virginia.
This week, on October 16, the City Council in Morgantown, West Virginia voted unanimously to adopt an LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Fairness West Virginia, the statewide LGBTQ advocacy group in West Virginia, supported the charge for non-discrimination protections and is working at the state level toward statewide legislation.
Andrew Schneider of Fairness WV explained the importance of local protections in building momentum. He said: “That will send a strong message to lawmakers at the Capitol in Charleston that this is what West Virginians overwhelmingly desire and need and demand.”
Morgantown is the latest city in West Virginia to extend these protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
These municipalities are setting a forward-looking example for other cities and towns in West Virginia and the rest of the nation. They’re passing these ordinances both because they know protecting people from discrimination is the right thing to do, and they know their local economies will benefit from projecting a more welcoming atmosphere.