West Virginia city to add LGBTQ to list of protected groups

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BECKLEY, WV (AP) – Another West Virginia city has voted to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to its list of protected minorities.

The Register-Herald reports the Beckley Common Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to add LGBTQ discrimination protections to the city’s code.

Mayor Rob Rappold asked the city council in November to consider an ordinance prohibiting housing and employment discrimination against those who identify as LGBTQ. A similar measure was proposed in 2014 and tabled amid community opposition.

Councilwoman Janine Bullock opposed the measure Tuesday and motioned for the council to consider allowing religious business owners and employers to be exempt from the policy. Churches already are exempt.

City attorney Bill File said Bullock’s motion needed to be seconded for the council to consider it. No one seconded the motion.

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