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Charleston Gazette: Lawmakers Schedule Hearing on Marriage Amendment

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From today’s Charleston Gazette comes the announcement that the Legislature will hold a 2-hour hearing on the need for a marriage protection amendment before Subcommitee A of the Standing Committee on the Judiciary.  The story, available by clicking here, begins:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State lawmakers plan to hear testimony next week about whether West Virginia should change its constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

In March, Republicans in the House of Delegates tried to force a floor vote on a bipartisan resolution calling for a statewide referendum to define marriage. Democrats blocked their attempts.

Legislators later voted to have an interim committee study the amendment issue. Now a meeting has been set for 11 a.m. July 14 in the Senate Judiciary Committee room.

Family Policy Council of West Virginia President Jeremiah Dys and a representative of the Alliance Defense Fund — a conservative organization that says it seeks to “aggressively defend religious liberty” — will speak in favor of the amendment, Dys said.

“We’re thankful that the Legislature is setting aside time to carefully study this issue,” he said. “To my knowledge, this is the first time the West Virginia Legislature has ever officially discussed the Marriage Protection Amendment.”

via The Charleston Gazette

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Written by Jeremy Dys

July 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm

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