Positive coverage of Wheeling from Reuters
Earlier this week the international news agency Reuters featured Wheeling in an article about the growing acceptance of LGBT rights:
In conservative America, small cities stand up for LGBT rights
As the article explains:
Defying stereotypes in the U.S. culture wars over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, Wheeling is . . .
(Hint -- judging by what some Republican legislators are saying, it doesn't appear to be jobs or flood relief)
Reporter Eric Eyre wrote in Wednesday morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail:
A Republican state senator is urging West Virginia lawmakers to take up a transgender “bathroom bill” as the No. 1 item on a special session agenda that places flood relief as the fourth — and last — measure on the same list.
Senator Robert Karnes (R - Upshur) . . .
Morrisey loses another case as the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ends his one-decision win streak
On Tuesday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Gloucester County's bathroom policy, finding that the policy violated Title IX which prohibits discrimination in schools. The Chaleston Gazette-Mail and others noted the involvement of West Virginia's attorney general:
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined . . .
Do our local "newspapers" know that the legislature is in session?
House approves religious exemption bill
The AP is reporting:
A West Virginia religious-exemptions bill that opponents say would allow for discrimination has cleared the Republican-led House of Delegates.
Approved by Thursday's 72-26 vote, the proposal would let people cite religious objections to state actions in certain court . . .
House of Delegates holds hearing on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Legalizing the freedom to discriminate?
In another action by the WV legislature not covered by our local "newspapers," the House of Delegates is considering a "religious freedom" bill. Yesterday they held hearings:
On Thursday morning, nearly 60 people spoke either for or against the West Virginia Religious Freedom . . .