CHARLESTON, W.V. –Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) announced today that due to the recent rulings by several federal courts and the refusal of the United States Supreme Court to hear the issue of same-sex marriage, it’s time for West Virginia to enact anti-discrimination laws in the workplace and housing.
“Every person in West Virginia should be treated fairly and equally,” says Kessler. “It’s about equal opportunity in West Virginia. It’s not about special rights, it’s about human rights, and it’s time for all of us to understand that we are all created equal. I find it ironic that West Virginians will soon be able to marry but not be able to hold a job due to their sexual orientation.”
Senate President Kessler has sponsored and supported EHNDA, Employment/Housing Non-Discrimination Act, for several years. The legislation would prohibit the discrimination in housing or employment throughout the state based on sexual orientation and was first introduced by Kessler in 2008.
Senate President Kessler says he will be re-introducing EHNDA during the upcoming legislative session.