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W.Va. Senate to consider non-discrimination bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler is again promoting a bill to make it illegal for employers and landlords to discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation.

Similar bills introduced by Kessler have passed the Senate in 2008, 2009, and 2010 but have stalled in the House of Delegates.

The bill is scheduled to be discussed in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.

The West Virginia Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment and housing based on race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, blindness or disability.

Kessler said Monday that not having a non-discrimination act against gays and lesbians creates a "poor national image of our state."

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