Sam Hall is urging West Virginia lawmakers to approve a measure that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Hall is the gay coal miner who is suing Massey Energy subsidiary Spartan Mining alleging widespread discrimination. In the suit, Hall claims he was subjected to verbal abuse and lewd gestures by his supervisors and other miners. The abuse dates back as far as 2003. In 2007, Hall's December filing claims, co-workers attached a sign that read “I like little boys” to his car.

Hall, 28, will appear at a morning press conference organized by the gay rights group Fairness West Virginia, outside the Senate chamber.

The group is lobbying for passage of a bill (SB226, HB2045) that would make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations, which include restaurants and hotels.

Joining them will be two gubernatorial candidates. Acting Senate President Jeff Kessler, a Democrat from Marshall, and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant say they support the group's efforts.

Both bills were introduced in January.