West Virginia city passes gay rights ordinance

Published: Oct. 19, 2017 at 2:14 PM EDT
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The city of Morgantown has added protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents to a human rights ordinance.

Media report the City Council voted unanimously to expand the city's anti-discrimination language as part of a complete overhaul of its human rights commission.

The Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBT rights advocacy organization, had noted that Morgantown's human rights code lacked protections for gays and lesbians.

Morgantown Mayor Bill Kawecki says the move "simply verbalized the kind of community I really hope that we are." Kawecki said about 45 people spoke in support of the ordinance Tuesday and about three spoke against it. He said two were from out of town.

The seven-member City Council unanimously voted to amend the ordinance.