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Beckley Mayor Urges for LGBTQ Protections in City Code


A West Virginia mayor is urging officials to add protections for LGBTQ people in his city’s code.

The Register-Herald reports Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold has asked the city’s Common Council to consider an ordinance banning housing and employment discrimination against citizens who identify as LGBTQ, as there are no such federal or state laws.

Rappold said during a Council workshop Monday that city attorney Bill File is drafting a proposal to allow people a means of contesting suspected discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identification.

Rappold says that before a Council vote, the city Human Rights Commission must present a recommendation to adopt LGBTQ as a protected class.

A similar 2014 proposal was protested by many religious leaders and business owners, some saying they could be sued or forced to violate their conscience.