Cheers of ‘Stand with Sam’ echoed throughout the Capitol as Sam Hall, the gay ex-coal miner stood up for employment and housing protection for gays and lesbians in West Virginia at a news conference yesterday.
“I wasn’t protected,” Hall said. “Maybe now someone in the future can be protected and not go through the same insults and harassment.”
Hall has a pending lawsuit against a Massey Energy. In the lawsuit Hall claims he was harassed at work because he is gay. Now he’s the new verbal spokesperson for efforts by Fairness West Virginia and other supporters trying to get sexual orientation included in the West Virginia Human Rights Act.
“I hope that by introducing Sam Hall to members of the House and Senate they are going to have a better understanding of what it means to be discriminated against because you are gay in West Virginia,” Fairness West Virginia’s Stephen Skinner said.
The bill passed the state Senate twice before but stalls both times at the House of Delegates.