Gay and Lesbian West Virginia

   

West Virginia is noted for its great natural beauty, its
historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its labor
history. It is also well known as a tourist destination for those people
interested in outdoor activities such as skiing, whitewater rafting, rock
climbing, fishing, and hunting.

One of the major resources in West Virginia's economy is coal. Farming is
limited because of the mountainous terrain over much of the state. Because of
it's mountainous nature, West Virginia has several notable tunnels and bridges.
The most famous of these is the New River Gorge Bridge, which was at a time
the longest steel single-arch bridge in the world.

Tourist sites include the New River Gorge Bridge, Harpers Ferry National
Historical Park
and many state parks.

The capital of West Virgina is Charleston.


West Virginia Gay Issues:

Gay Marriage
2000 - Anti-same-sex marriage statute banned marriage
for same-sex couples.

Domestic Violence
Has domestic violence laws that are gender neutral
and include household members and dating partners.

Sodomy Laws
Has no sodomy laws.

Second-Parent Adoption For Gays And Lesbians
It is unclear whether the state adoption law permits second-parent adoptions.

Sexually Oriented Hate Crimes
Has hate crime laws that include crimes based in
sexual orientation or gender identity

Some West Virginia Cities:
Beckley - Bluefield - Bridgeport - Bridgeport Clarksburg - Clarksburg
Delbarton - Dunbar - Huntington - Hurricane - Martinsburg - Morgantown
Morgantown - Parkersburg - Weirton - Wheeling

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