W.Va.'s Rockefeller to Co-Sponsor Anti-Bias Act

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller says he'll join the growing number of co-sponsors of an act aimed at ending workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The West Virginia Democrat will be the 52nd co-sponsor of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

In West Virginia, it is legal for someone to be fired or denied housing because of their sexual orientation. Twenty-one states ban that type of discrimination.

In a prepared statement, Rockefeller said discrimination based on sexual orientation "needs to be addressed once and for all."

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