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Group Campaigning for LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

A group in Parkersburg has launched a campaign to pass a city ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that the group met with representatives from civil rights organization Fairness West Virginia on Monday to discuss how to get the city to pass such an ordinance.

Fairness West Virginia executive director Andrew Schneider says the ordinance would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the classes protected under West Virginia’s Human Rights Act. The act currently includes gender, age, race and disability.

City Councilwoman Kim Coram says she is planning to introduce legislation related to the issue and is looking for two other sponsors to put the item on a future council agenda.