But Skaff said House leaders need to be careful with the anti-discrimination bill. He said it would be better for the legislation never to reach the House floor than for it to go for a full House vote and be defeated.
"I think that's a bigger slap in the face to the cause, to the meaning of the bill." I can just see the headlines now, that West Virginia is behind the times," he said.
Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, agrees that passing the bill is not a Republican or Democrat issue. But Raines, who is beginning her first term as delegate, said she does not believe the bill will be successful.
"It's an issue with the Democrat caucus," she said.
Raines said Democratic leaders would not run the bill because they do not believe there is enough support for it, even though there probably is enough support among Republicans to pass a floor vote.
"I know that there are Republicans that would consider this," she said.
Delegate Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha, said the anti-discrimination bill is not on the Republican caucus's agenda. He said the party is primarily focused on job creation and education reform this session.
"I don't think it's fair to say legislators of a certain generation are against it," he said.
Lane said opinions about the bill mostly are framed by lawmakers' personal experiences, whether they have a family member or friend who has been discriminated against in some way.
"I think that goes a long way to framing someone's opinion," he said.
If the bill does make it past the House, it probably will not encounter much opposition in the State Senate.
Lawmakers there have passed similar bills on two occasions. Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, also is expected to introduce another anti-discrimination bill this week.