Willits and Skinner were happy with the decision. But they said making same-sex marriage legal on the state level is not their No. 1 priority at the moment.
"The biggest thing though, this (ruling) does not change the shameful fact that 57,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender West Virginians still face discrimination at work and at home," Willits said.
Right now it's legal in West Virginia to fire or evict someone because they are gay. During this year's legislative session, Skinner introduced legislation that would make that illegal. The bill gained plenty of attention but little traction among lawmakers.
The bill never made it out of a minor committee after it was not taken up at Skinner's request. Skinner gave an impassioned speech from the floor of the House the day it became clear the bill would not pass, and said Wednesday he'll introduce it again this year.
"Even though this is incredibly good news, we can't forget that every day it's bad news for LGBT people in West Virginia who want to be safe in their homes and at work," Skinner said.
Skinner and Willits recently thanked U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., for his recent decision to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Equal Non-Discrimination Act on the federal level.
Wednesday, the senator was the only member of the West Virginia delegation to publicly support the Supreme Court decision.
"As I've said in the past, our younger generations have grown up in a more equal society and they have rightly pushed us to think more about what it means for Americans to be created equal," Rockefeller said in an emailed statement.
"Today the Supreme Court spoke to that question when they ruled the federal government cannot discriminate against people who want to marry because of gender. Churches in our nation do not have to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs, but we live in a country that holds equality as a core principle for its citizens and today's decision reflects this thinking."
That's a decidedly different stance than he took in 1996, when DOMA was before Congress. Rockefeller and the other four West Virginia members of the national delegation -- Sen. Robert Byrd and Reps. Alan Mollohan, Bob Wise and Nick Rahall, all Democrats -- voted for the measure.
Rahall said Wednesday he's always advocated for the definition of marriage as a union between a man and woman, and nothing in the court's decision changed his mind.
"I will continue to support legislation, including a Constitutional Amendment, in defense of traditional marriage," Rahall said.
Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., said he was disappointed the court struck down a law that was passed with bipartisan support in Congress, adding that he supports a traditional view of marriage. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., also pointed out the facts of who supported DOMA, but gave no indication as to how she felt about the court's decision.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is one of three Democrats in the Senate to not publicly endorse same-sex marriage. He didn't change his mind Wednesday.
"I have always believed in traditional marriage based on my religious and personal beliefs," Manchin said in an emailed statement.
"While I disagree with today's ruling, I appreciate that the Court did not infringe on the states' 10th amendment right to define marriage as only between a man and a woman."
Locally, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia sent out a press release in opposition of the DOMA ruling. Jeremiah Dys, president of the conservative Christian organization, said the court "avoided the error of finding a constitutional right to the redefinition of marriage" but missed the mark on DOMA.
"In spite of the Supreme Court's decision today, marriage remains the union of husband and wife -- a timeless, universal institution that connects children to their mother and father," Dys said in the release.
"The Supreme Court got it wrong to invalidate portions of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)."
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