The West Virginia House of Delegates in late February voted 68-30 to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage.
State law already prohibits gays and lesbians from marrying, but a campaign is underway to put a constitutional amendment to a citizens’ vote.
The West Virginia Senate has yet to act on the proposed amendment.
“I’m energized by today’s victory,” said Stephen Skinner of Fairness West Virginia, a statewide LGBT group. “Doing what’s right isn’t always easy, but regardless of the difficulty, I know the good people of West Virginia believe in the spirit of our state’s motto: ‘Mountaineers are always free.’”