A West Virginia lawmaker is dealing with calls to resign after evaluating the LGBTQ neighborhood to the Ku Klux Klan.
“The LGBTQ is a modern-day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate,” Republican Delegate Eric Porterfield, who was elected in November, told the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Friday.
He additionally in contrast the neighborhood to a “terrorist group” and stated that “the LGBT is the most socialist group in this country” and “they do not protect gays. There are many gays they persecute if they do not line up with their social ideology.”
Referring to his youngsters, he stated that he would “see if she can swim … then I’d see if he can swim” in the event that they had been homosexual, according to HuffPost.
West Virginia Delegate Eric Porterfield in contrast the LGBTQ neighborhood to the Ku Klux Klan. West virginia Legislature
The state’s House Speaker, Republican Roger Hanshaw, criticized the remarks. “I hope that no one would make those kind of statements,” Hanshaw stated. “That sounds like nothing I would certainly ever agree with, but I would want to talk to him before I comment on what he said.”
Lawmakers from each events rebuked the feedback. The chairwoman of the West Virginia Democratic Party, Belinda Biafore, printed a press release on Friday calling for the Republican lawmaker to step down.
“West Virginia has no room for someone who expresses such hate. Let alone room for him to hold a public office where he is supposed to represent the people of West Virginia. His hate-filled remarks and actions speak volumes and so does the Republican Party’s silence,” the assertion learn.
When requested if he would heed calls to resign, Porterfield informed Newsweek that he’s “just getting warmed up. This is just the beginning of my delegation. I intend to represent my people.”
“I have no intention of resigning. I will not back down from my statements,” he added.
He described his stance as taking a “strong position” on the First Amendment and spiritual liberty. His marketing campaign website says he’s pro-family, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-business/business and pro-education reform.
Porterfield, who’s blind, held an interview with native information station WVVA on Sunday whereas sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat. He stated that he and his household have been threatened and persecuted. He famous a touch upon Facebook from somebody referring to him as “slits-for-eyes.”
The delegate performed voicemails containing threatening statements for Newsweek. One particular person recognized himself as a member of the LGBT neighborhood and appeared to problem Porterfield to a struggle.
They’re “terrorizing and intimidating me just like the Ku Klux Klan did, and it probably will not be long before they’re burning rainbow flags in people’s yards, because they have no care for diversity of thought.” Porterfield stated within the interview with WVVA.