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West Virginia city is latest to pass fairness ordinance

KEYSER, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia now has 14 cities that have adopted local fairness ordinances protecting LGBTQ residents from discrimination. Civil rights advocacy group Fairness West Virginia says the Keyser City Council voted Wednesday night to adopt such an ordinance. It prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public spaces for any class of people, including sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2017 the state Supreme Court ruled that the state’s hate crime law does not cover anti-gay assaults. Fairness West Virginia executive director Andrew Schneider says because there is no statewide law protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, it’s up to cities like Keyser to protect their community. 

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