W.Va. GOP chief rebukes delegate’s remarks on gay community

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) | The head of the West Virginia Republican Party has denounced comments from a GOP member of the House of Delegates about the gay community.

State GOP chairwoman Melody Potter says in a statement Mercer County Delegate Eric Porterfield’s comments were “hateful, hurtful, and do not reflect the values of our country, our state, and the Republican Party.”

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Conversion therapy ban bill pulled from schedule for edits

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) | A bill that would ban child conversion therapy in West Virginia has been pulled from the schedule of a state Senate committee for possible edits.

The Journal of Martinsburg reports Senate Health and Human Resources Committee Chair Michael Maroney changed the committee agenda Jan. 29 so staff attorneys can make improvements to the bill.

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Same-sex marriages start in South Carolina

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina court has issued a marriage license to a same-sex couple despite the state’s constitutional ban against the practice and the attorney general’s pledge to defend it.

Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon issued the license Oct. 8 morning to two women: Charleston County Councilwoman Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley.

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West Virginia clerk gets more time in fight for marriage equality

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A judge is giving the clerk of West Virginia’s biggest county 60 more days to answer a lawsuit over the state’s ban on same-sex marriages.

U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers ruled Wednesday that Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick can wait until West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey decides whether to intervene in the lawsuit.

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