WVa Lawmakers Get Both Sides On Gay Marriage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Evangelical christian groups are continuing their drive to convince West Virginia lawmakers to allow voters to define marriage in the state constitution.

The State Family Policy Council and the National Alliance Defense Fund both addressed a Tuesday meeting of a joint legislative committee studying the issue.

Council president Jeremy Dys said his group's polling found most voters define marriage as between a woman and a man.

But opponents questioned whether public opinion should determine minority rights.

A law professor said the state constitution's bill of rights has rarely been amended.

A 2000 state law rejects same-sex marriage.

Dys says a court challenge could overturn that.

Thirty states have constitutional bans.

Six allow same-sex marriage.

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

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  • by straight for gay on Jul 16, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    I agree with all of you. if two men or two women can love just the same as a man and a woman then why can't they get married?
  • by heather Location: parkersburg on Jul 15, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    tracey i completely agree with you, there is so much more that needs to be addressed than gay marriage. I think that every one should have the right to get married. I mean men and women fail at marriage all the time, and no one is stopping them from getting married. I just believe that we should allow them to get married, the way i look at it is, if they have found someone they love, than they should get to be united as husband and husband or wife and wife.. Why not let them, what is the reason behind trying to outlaw it really?
  • by Joey Location: Parkersburg on Jul 15, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    Tracey I agree,I am a straight man who is married to a good women,and I don't care if two people of the same sex get married.We have a lot of serious issues that need addressed.Christians look at gay as a sin and it may be (JUDGING SOMEONE IS ALSO A SIN)and I think in the eyes of the Lord a sin is a sin is a sin.My advice is let your God do the judging instead of Fox news and its cronies.
  • by Tracey Location: Parkersburg on Jul 14, 2009 at 03:29 PM
    I feel we as a state have more important issues to deal with than gay marriage. Call me a crazy liberal-but, if it were up to me our leaders would be discussing how we should deal with people being homeless, going hungry and jobless. So what if two people of the same sex want to be married! Straight people have made marriage a joke-paging Anna Nicole Smith, Liz Taylor, Donald Trump etc.- I feel that anyone lucky enough to find another person-regardless of their gender- who they can trust who they want to spend the rest of their lawfully wedded life with should be able to do so without any government interferrance.
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