Delegate’s Comments Betray Severe Bigotry

Both Republicans and Democrats in the West Virginia Legislature already have disavowed comments by one of their number.

Del. Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, made headlines last week during a hearing on an amendment that would have overrode municipal ordinances that ban discrimination against those in the gay community, referred to often as LGBTQ people. Fortunately, the measure was rejected.

Porterfield was critical of the LGBTQ community. “The LGBT is the most socialist group in this country. …There are many gays they persecute if they do not line up with their social ideology,” he said.

As far as economics go, we have no idea how most who identify as LGBTQ feel, though we know of some who are firm free market advocates.

It got worse. Porterfield told a reporter “the LGBTQ is a modern-day version of the Ku Klux Klan.”

Porterfield cannot be removed for his bigoted, crazy ideas. House leaders should do what they can to keep him from doing legislative harm, however.


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