WV House Rejects Anti-Gay Marriage Gambit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- West Virginia's House of Delegates has voted along party lines against advancing a proposed constitutional amendment on marriage.

An evangelical group has pressed lawmakers this session to have marriage defined as between one woman and one man.

But the resolution needed to put the issue before voters has stalled in committee.

That prompted Monday's move by Republican delegates to force it to the full house.

Delegates voted 67-30 to reject the attempt.

West Virginia has had marriage law since 2000.

But amendment supporters say it doesn't go far enough and could be challenged in court.

House Republicans mounted a similar attempt in 2006.

It became part of a failed election ad campaign to increase GOP ranks in that chamber.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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