CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The spiritual leader of the Episcopal Church in West Virginia is appealing anew to political leaders to change the state's human rights law to include protections for gay men and lesbians.
Bishop Rev. Michie Klusmeyer has issued similar pleas over the past few years, to no avail.
He is seeking a change in the state's human rights law to make it consistent with the Federal Hate Crimes Law.
Klusmeyer has written to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the Legislature. He told The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/WRnGUb ) he's received some positive responses from lawmakers, as well as some "nasty" replies.
The diocese Klusmeyer oversees includes 70 congregations and nearly 10,000 members.