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W.Va. Senator Sues to Prevent Sunday Senate Session


A senator who is a pastor has filed a lawsuit to prevent the West Virginia Senate from working this Sunday.

Sen. John Unger filed the lawsuit Wednesday against Senate President Bill Cole in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

The suit by Unger, a Berkeley County Democrat, says he’s the pastor at three different churches this Sunday.

It says scheduling a Sunday session conflicts with his state constitutional right of religious freedom.

The lawsuit says Unger has to perform pastoral duties of visiting the sick, shut-ins, the elderly and the dying, and giving communion to people who can’t make services.

In a statement, Cole called the lawsuit a “sad attempt at political gamesmanship and obstructionism.” Cole, a Republican, said Unger didn’t have a problem working on Sundays when Democrats were in power.