Fairmont City Council passes Human Rights Commission ordinance

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Just one month after Parkersburg voted down a non-discrimination ordinance, another city in West Virginia has just passed one.

According to our sister station WDTV, on Tuesday night, the city council in Fairmont voted 7-2 in favor of an ordinance that re-establishes a Human Rights Commission. The ordinance also features a non-discrimination resolution that states that "people cannot be discriminated against because of "race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, blindness or handicap."

Several members of Fairness West Virginia, a state-wide LGBTQ advocacy organization, were at the council meeting. Among them were its executive director, Andrew Schneider, who was happy with the outcome.

"Fairmont has joined a growing list of West Virginia communities that have chosen to promote non discrimination," Schneider said.

"And while we celebrate this incredible victory for civil rights, our work is far from over."

Fairmont's vote is leaving some wondering if Parkersburg will revisit its non-discrimination ordinance.

Jeanne Peters remembers the night Parkersburg City Council voted down the ordinance.

"It was a very big disappointment that six out of the nine Parkersburg City Council people did not make the right choice when they had the option to vote in favor of protecting human rights for all residents and visitors to Parkersburg,"

Peters is a part of Fairness Parkersburg, which works to advance human rights in the Mid-Ohio Valley. She says Fairmont's decision is a victory for everyone in the state.

"The future is not exclusion the future is about inclusion and that's why we're going to continue to work for the human rights for everyone here in the city," she said.

Parkersburg City Council voted against the ordinance 6-3 on August 8.



 
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