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West Virginia legislator introduces civil unions bill

Marriage equality

By Jacob Combs

Delegate John Doyle, a Democrat, has introduced a bill in the West Virginia House to provide gay and lesbian couples with the same legal rights and protections as their heterosexual counterparts.  The AP reports:

Delegate John Doyle says he introduced the bill Thursday to start a conversation about family equality. The Jefferson County Democrat says that gay and lesbian couples should have the same safety net to deal with the death of a parent or the loss of a job as married couples.

Fairness WV, which advocates on behalf of the gay, lesbian and transgender community, says this is the first time a civil union bill has been introduced in the West Virginia Legislature.

Doyle also sponsored a bill that would prohibit workplace and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation. That bill has not advanced since it was introduced.


  • 1. Alan_Eckert  |  February 17, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Go Mountain Momma!

  • 2. Sagesse  |  February 17, 2012 at 9:23 am


  • 3. Kate  |  February 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Run. Run. Run. See NOM run.

  • 4. Bob  |  February 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

    whack-a-mole whack-a-mole!!!!!!!!

  • 5. James A. Tuttle  |  February 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Hey guys!!! I know this is off the specific topic but isnt there only a two week period for Protect marriage to request an en banc hearing? If they don't, wont the stay be lifted? The deadline is Tuesday, right??

  • 6. Kate  |  February 17, 2012 at 11:53 am

    They'll wait until the last second. They always do.

  • 7. Rick  |  February 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I was thinking the same thing. The clock is ticking. Beyond the stay, how long do they have to appeal the decision?

  • 8. bythesea  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    As far as SCOTUS goes they have a 180 days IIRC. I don't know about the time pressure with asking for an en banc hearing though, and would be curious to find out when the time runs out on that.

  • 9. Bob  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Off topic,, but joyfull news,,, today Canada is recieving fourteen queer refugees from Iran,,, thanks to the undergound railroad,,,, 14 queers can start a new life of freedom!!!!!!!

  • 10. Jim H.  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    sorry, what's "IIRC" mean?

  • 11. Seth from Maryland  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    yea they wait till the very last sec if they appeal ,but i don't think they will appeal to the en banc court, i think they are going to go straight to the US Supreme Court

  • 12. rocketeer500  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    "sorry, what's "IIRC" mean? "

    IIRC = If I recall correctly.

  • 13. rocketeer500  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm


    IIRC = If I remember correctly. Both are correct.

  • 14. Bob  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    check out "rights are never given, they are struggled for" I see some in the railroad are destined for the U.S. yes!!!!

  • 15. steven  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Actually, they have 90 days to appeal to SCOTUS. Thats AFER is saying.. I think they will wait to the last minute to file an appeal to En Banc if they do. If not they need to ask SCOTUS for a stay. IRCC, last week they said they would decide this week to ask for an en banc or go to SCOTUS.

  • 16. Carpool Cookie  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    But wait….they always say it's just the word "marriage" they object to??? They wouldn't be LYING, would they???

  • 17. bythesea  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Sorry, it's shorthand for If I recall correctly. :)

  • 18. Jim H.  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks, all for the definition of IIRC–guess I need to be online more!

  • 19. peterplumber  |  February 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I think the answer just came in.
    Pursuant to General Order 6.3a of this Court, Proposed-Intervenor respectfully requests that the Clerk grant an extension of time of seven (7) calendar days, to February 28, 2012, in which to file a Petition for Panel Rehearing and for Rehearing En Banc in the above-captioned matter. This extension is necessary because of pressing deadlines in other litigation matters.

  • 20. Leo  |  February 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    But this is from Chuck Storey, the Imperial County clerk; not the Proponents. I don't even understand what he wants any more since the Proponents were granted standing.

  • 21. AnonyGrl  |  February 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I checked out your link… this is horrid.

    It lists the punishment for acts of homosexuality. Amont them, if a boy is molested by an adult man, the man is put to death, and the boy, the VICTIM, is subject to up to 74 lashes. That is, an innocent child who has been sexually abused is then WHIPPED 74 times.

  • 22. Seth from Maryland  |  February 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    heres little update on whats going on here in Maryland, the house just got through killing all of these stupid amendments , now the house is on break untill 4:30 eastern time, at 4:30 they will come and have a " short debate" then vote

  • 23. Bob  |  February 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    sorry the reality is horrific,,, like the story of the two teenage boys who where jailed and whipped for havaing sex and then publicly hung,,,,,,, whoa!!!! not even that will scare us from becoming who we fully are,,,, the religious right should think about that,,,,,,,,, forget conversion therapy!! not even the threat of death will thwart our destiny,,,,,,

  • 24. bjasonecf  |  February 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    UPDATE: Perry Case

    Chuck Storey (Intervenor-Pending) filed a Motion to extend time to file petition for rehearing until 02/28/2012

  • 25. Bob  |  February 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    the extension is necessary because of pressing matters in other ongoing lititgation hahahahahahahahaha

  • 26. peterplumber  |  February 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    He wants punishment for acts of homosexuality.

    Amont them, if a boy is molested by an adult man, the man is put to death, and the boy, the VICTIM, is subject to up to 74 lashes. That is, an innocent child who has been sexually abused is then WHIPPED 74 times.

  • 27. Bob  |  February 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    thinking of Str8grandmother whack-a-mole whack-a-mole big time,,,,,, in order to get one you gotta let go of another!!!!!!!!!

  • 28. Bryce from DC and KS  |  February 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Maryland is supposed to be voting right now. What's going on? Is there a live stream?

  • 29. Rick  |  February 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I'm confused by this. Does Storey and his group have any legal standing at this point? If only the Court could offer them a compromise: 7 day time extension is granted, but during that time the stay is lifted!

  • 30. Mackenzie  |  February 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Chrisite Just vetoed NJ bill…obvious but still annoying

  • 31. Steve  |  February 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm


  • 32. Gregory in SLC  |  February 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I had a hope he would just not sign : (

  • 33. Guest  |  February 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    BREAKING: Marriage passes in MD Assembly!

  • 34. Str8Grandmother  |  February 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Really it passed in the MD Assembly?
    I read on Towle Road that they changed the dates that the bill would go into effect until Jan of 2013, this so that they could get a referendum done BEFORE the bill goes into effect. I wonder if that is still in there? Hey Guest, keep posting! Mucho Thanks and hugs all around.

  • 35. Str8Grandmother  |  February 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    That is just great Bob. I am so glad they are safe.

  • 36. Str8Grandmother  |  February 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Imperial County didn't get standing, that is what I remember. Remember, "Where is Deloris?"

  • 37. Bob  |  February 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    yes how sweet that sound safe at last safe at last,,,,, freedom for fourteen people,,, and over there they don't just whack em,,, they hang em in the public square,,,,,

    I want to sing o happy day!!!!

    cheering on the struggles in the U.S. so we can create more safe space,,, and remembering Hillary's speach to the U.N.

    keep up the good work you guys

  • 38. steven  |  February 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I thought the court throw out their appeal because they filed too late? Remember the 9th Circuit denied standing to Imperial Co in January 2011..

  • 39. steven  |  February 18, 2012 at 12:16 am

    most likely the justices will deny their request… lol lol lol i hope they do..

  • 40. Bill S.  |  February 20, 2012 at 12:31 am

    They have 14 days to request an en banc hearing, which means they must file before 5:00PM PST tomorrow.

    They have 90 days to request review from the Supreme Court.

  • 41. Str8Grandmother  |  February 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Steven, what I remember is Walker did not give Imperial County Standing. They appealed to the 9th Circuit for standing, "Where is Deloris?", the 9th circuit also turned down standing for Imperial County.

  • 42. Leo  |  February 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    The original request to intervene was on behalf of Isabel Vargas, the deputy clerk. Walker denied it. The 9th circuit also denied it in 2011 to the deputy clerk, but left open the question whether the clerk herself (Dolores) would have had standing. Then a new clerk was elected, Chuck Storey, and he requested to intervene. That was pending until now. When the panel issued its main ruling, they also said that since they gave standing to the official proponents (and the only reason for Imperial county's intervention was to provide standing), they were denying Chuck Storey's motion as untimely.

  • 43. Kathleen  |  February 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I've wondered about this, too, Leo – why Storey would even consider a request to have the denial reheard. The only thing that makes sense to me at all is that he's trying to keep appeals options open, fearing that a higher court (9th en banc or SCOTUS) might reverse on the issue of Proponents' standing. If that were to happen, Storey wants to be waiting in the wings with the option to step in. But, of course, this is just speculation on my part.

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