On Wednesday, a West Virginia Republican delegate delivered an inflammatory rant against the LGBTQ community during a committee meeting. Since then the delegate, Eric Porterfield, continued to make vile statements against the gay community.
“The LGBTQ is a version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate.” -Eric Porterfield
According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, other statements by Porterfield include labeling the gay community as “terrorists,” using derogatory slang such as “f----t,” and stating that they are a socialist group. He also spoke to support an amendment that would allow for the discrimination of “gay and lesbian people in cities that have passed ordinances expressly forbidding it.”
Multiple delegates in West Virginia have spoken out against Porterfield and his derogatory comments, including Delegate Danielle Walker.
“Why do we need more hate? Why do we need more name-calling? Why do we need to reference other groups that illustrated so much hate and destruction and ugliness. Why do we need to do that?” -Danielle Walker
Multiple public statements have called out that there is no room for hate in West Virginia politics and that the Republican party should speak out against Porterfield’s words.