14 July 2009

W.Va. Lawmakers Resume Gay Marriage Debate (Updated)

A House-Senate interim committee expects to hear from both sides Tuesday as it studies whether West Virginia should amend its constitution to define marriage as being between one woman and one man.

As The Associated Press reports, the state Family Policy Council and the national Alliance Defense Fund both plan to weigh in. So do opponents of the proposed amendment. The committee is slated to hear as well from "a law professor considered an expert on the West Virginia Constitution."

Update: AP has coverage from the two-hour hearing, as does MetroNews.

The council pushed for the necessary legislation during the regular session, but fell short.

MetroNews also sets the stage for Tuesday's hearing, and offers audio of key figures in the state debate: Stephen Skinner with the group Fairness West Virginia, and the family council's Jeremy Dys.

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