February 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm EDT | by Staff reports
W.Va. ‘religious freedom’ bill advances
West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act, West Virginia, religious freedom, gay news, Washington Blade

The West Virginia House of Representatives approved the West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act by a 72-26 margin. (Photo by David Wilson; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

CHARLESTON, W.V. — Members of the West Virginia House of Representatives on Feb. 12 approved a religious freedom bill that critics contend would allow anti-LGBT discrimination in the state.

Lawmakers approved House Bill 4134 — the West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act — by a 72-26 margin.

Fairness West Virginia, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, has described HB 4134 as the “License to Discriminate Bill.” It has urged members of the West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the measure.

“It encourages discrimination, causes public health and safety concerns and will hurt West Virginia’s economy,” says Fairness West Virginia on its website.

The Huntington Herald-Dispatch on Feb. 13 reported that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin plans to veto HB 4134 if it were to reach his desk.

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