West Virginia lawmakers
voted down a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage
on Monday, a vote that went along party lines. Republican
members of the house of delegates forced a full house vote on
Monday after the bill failed to gain a committee's
approval, according to the Associated Press.
The house vote to
override the committee failed 30-67, with all
Republicans and one Democrat, Tom Louisos, voting in favor of
Virginia does not recognize same-sex marriages
performed in other states (such as Connecticut or
Massachusetts) or countries where it is legal. The
state also has a law, though not a constitutional ban, making
it illegal for same-sex couples to attain a marriage
The Family Policy
Council of West Virginia, a conservative Christian group, has
been pressuring state politicians to address this issue.
Members launched a massive outreach campaign to delegates and
Gov. Joe Manchin, with some residents reportedly making their
views on the issue known via abusive or offensive phone calls
and e-mail messages.