During a legislative session, the committee voted against 2 anti-discriminatory bills, SB226 and HB2045.
The temporary President of the senate and supporter of these bills, Jeff Kessler, said about them that "for this year, it's obviously dead."
The West Virginia Gazette reports the state's existing civil rights laws include characteristics such as race, religion and disability. These laws are supposed to prevent discrimination in the workplace, in obtaining housing and at public places such as restaurants and hotels.
Previous legislation to add sexual orientation to the law has cleared the Senate twice before -- in 2009 and 2008 -- but the House has never passed such proposals.
This year, the Senate didn't take action on the issue because "we didn't think the House would pass it," Kessler said.