Stopping West Virginia’s anti-marriage equality amendment

For the sixth year in a row, West Virginia will be considering a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between “one man and one woman.”

Last Thursday, the WV Senate and House issued a joint resolution calling for a public vote on marriage in 2012.

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Upcoming Summer for Marriage Events: GA, FL, NC, WV, PA, and DC

Freedom to Marry's Summer for Marriage Tour wraps up next week with events in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. The tour, which was originally organized in response to the National Organization for Marriage's anti-gay “One Man, One Woman” bus tour, has highlighted widespread support for the freedom to marry with supporters of equality outnumbering NOM’s supporters on all 16 stops thus far

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Ban on Freedom to Marry Fails in West Virginia House

Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday swiftly shot down Republican attempts to advance a constitutional ban on the freedom to marry.

GOP delegates unsuccessfully tried to force a floor vote on a bipartisan resolution (HJR5) called the "Marriage Protection Amendment." The proposal calls for a statewide referendum on whether to amend West Virginia's constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

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Diane W. Mufson: Supporting the freedom to marry will not destroy our nation

The Herald-Dispatch - West Virginia
July 22, 2009
It took from 1664 to 1967 for the Supreme Court to overturn the original miscegenation laws. Time is on the side of marriage equality as well. It may take years to happen, as do most other value issue changes, but when it does occur we will find that the freedom to marry will not destroy our nation. [Link]

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Crowd packs legislative meeting on West Virginia marriage amendment

West Virginia Gazette
July 14, 2009

As some states move toward marriage equality, conservative Christian groups are pressing West Virginia lawmakers to let voters ban it by amending the state constitution. On Tuesday, an interim legislative committee studying a possible constitutional amendment - which would define marriage as between one man and one woman - heard from supporters and opponents of the idea. [Link]

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West Virginia Considers Marriage Equality

West Virginia State Journal
July 14, 2009

Charleston, WV residents speak out and what they have to say may surprise you. Nearly everyone we randomly approached on the street said they didn't have a problem with extending the freedom to marry to everyone. [Link]

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West Virginia lawmakers to study marriage equality ban

The Associated Press
July 7, 2009
A proposal to constitutionally ban marriage equality in West Virginia went nowhere in the Legislature this year, but that isn't stopping lawmakers from studying it. Instead, legislators voted to study it during interim meetings. [Link]

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Supreme Court Scheduled to Hear Same-Sex Couple Adoption Case

The State Journal
January 29, 2009
The W.V. Supreme Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear a case filed by the anti-gay Family Policy Council of West Virginia with the intent of prohibiting a gay couple from adopting a child they have cared for since birth. [Link]

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WVa court to consider same-sex couples’ adoption case

The Herald-Dispatch
December 11, 2008
The West Virginia Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lesbian couple's appeal to a circuit court judge's November ruling that an infant would be "better off" living with a straight married couple than with the two women who have cared for the child since birth. [Link]

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BLOG: Thinking of commitment…

This Is Not My Blog
May 17, 2007
The Commitment Ceremony was very nice — held at a local park in the late summer. The program was designed by Tina with all of the artwork being hers. She and Sandra had picked out some very appropriate poetry to be read by various friends and it was beautiful. Both of them were activists and yesterday I re-read, with great interest, a statement that they had made in the program. [link]

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