Kessler Sponsors Bill to Add Sexual Orientation to Anti-Bullying Laws

By Nathan A. Cherry, 03/21/2011

W Va Senate President Jeff Kessler

Martinsburg, WV –  Anyone interested in the upcoming special election for West Virginia Governor will want to read this article very carefully before voting! It contains some very revealing comments and actions by several of the candidates for governor on the issue of sexual orientation and bullying legislation.

It’s no secret that several pro-gay groups, such as Fairness West Virginia and the ACLU of West Virginia have been aiding attempts to amend current anti-discrimination and anti-bullying laws to include sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation.

Thankfully, for now, their efforts have once again failed and a pair of bills (SB226, HB2045), are dead in this year’s legislative session.

We at the Family Policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV) have been fighting these measures. Not because we don’t believe in anti-discrimination or anti-bullying laws, we certainly do. But because we believe that by including sexual orientation into these laws we unnecessarily create a special class of citizens whose rights supersede the rights of every other citizen.

Jeremy Dys, president of the FPCWV said:

“Political special interest groups should never be permitted to do an end-run around the social and moral convictions of West Virginians.  Laws that are based on ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ lead to absurd results, often placing businesses on a collision course with the First Amendment.  Laws should govern objective acts, not subjective thoughts.”

It is of interest that acting Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) is a sponsor of the bill. It’s not hard to imagine where Mr. Kessler stands on many of the very important social issues that resound with West Virginian’s. If he is a sponsor of a bill to make gays and lesbians a specially protected class of citizens, he no doubt will not be considerate or respectful of the religious rights of parents, business owners, or others that hold moral objections to the homosexual lifestyle. Such a position would place those with moral or conscience objections to the homosexual lifestyle directly in a precarious position if these measures are passed. In fact, it’s easy to see that free speech and religious freedom liberties of those objecting to the homosexual lifestyle would be severely threatened and possibly even punishable.

The article went on to say that Mr. Kessler intends to continue to push for these measures to be added to existing anti-bullying laws:

“Kessler said he now plans to try to amend an anti-bullying bill (HB3225) to protect students from bullying based on their sexual orientation — or perceived sexual orientation.”

If this is Mr. Kessler’s position on this issue then he is opposition to a majority of West Virginian’s that don’t believe such measures are necessary, and that they will undoubtedly infringe on the moral and religious rights of many citizens and businesses.

I sincerely hope Mr. Kessler changes his position if he intends to run for Governor of West Virginia.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

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