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Faces of Fairness: A Case for Marriage

Justin Murdock and his partner William Glavaris

Faces of Fairness: A Case for Marriage is the most recent installment in an ongoing Fairness multi-media project “Faces of Fairness” that brings greater visibility to the once hidden Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered community in West Virginia. The project also explores the numerous issues and inequalities that impact LGBT West Virginians across the state.

In this video Fairness presents the case for marriage equality in West Virginia by showcasing the love story of Fairness West Virginia board member, Justin Murdock, and his partner William Glavaris. A same-sex couple based in Huntington, West Virginia, Justin and Will, along with two other same-sex families, entered into a federal lawsuit on October 1st, 2013 for the freedom to marry in West Virginia.

Faces of Fairness is a groundbreaking project is the first of its kind in West Virginia and is comprised of a touring photography exhibit, a documentary film, and a web-based archive. The participants articulate the many issues that face LGBT West Virginians including second-parent adoption rights, medical benefits, hospital visitation rights, employment and housing discrimination, advocacy and political representation, transgender rights and protections, marriage equality, and bullying.

Currently West Virginia is the only state in the southern United States that has been able to defeat and defend against a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. However, it is still perfectly legal in West Virginia to deny employment or housing to an LGBT person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is also still legal to deny medical benefits to same-sex partners and their children.

Faces of Fairness presents the stories of real West Virginians who, despite facing legalized discrimination, choose to call the Mountain State their home.

If you are an LGBT person living in West Virginia and are interest in participating in Faces of Fairness or would like more information on the project, please email [email protected]