Although some dispute arose, a majority offered utmost support for housing and employment rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents during a public hearing Tuesday in Wheeling.
Almost 50 people, including residents of the city and people from all over West Virginia, approached the podium to offer their opinions to Wheeling City Council, as the group considers including such language in the city’s existing human rights ordinance. Speakers received three minutes each, and they filed through in a civil procession which took about two and a half hours to conclude.
About 350 people attended the event, held in Wheeling Park’s White Palace ballroom.
“For those of you who are against LGBT rights, for whatever reason, I would ask that you go home tonight and you look at your children and the children that you know,” Tyler Smith, a resident of Wheeling, said.
“If you pick out 10 children that you care about, one of them is gay.”
Smith was citing a statistic, making the case that diversity in sexual orientation is something more people should recognize…