What This Lawmaker Said About LGBQT+ People Will Make You Squeamish

Every so often, overly optimistic people suggest the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is finally over and done, but the political rise of Donald Trump has empowered more people to be open about their anti-LGBQT+ biases, and the Trump Administration has actively worked to reduce the protections queer Americans have. Now, a newly elected West Virginia Delegate is joining the effort to prove that LGBTQ+ equality is still very much a work in progress.

Eric Porterfield is a legally blind, 44-year-old Republican representing the 27th district in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Running on a platform of protecting Christians from a supposed “onslaught of oppression,” Porterfield has kicked off his time in office with verbal attacks on the entire LGBTQ+ community.

It all started when the West Virginia legislature was discussing legislation that would void anti-discrimination laws that certain cities passed protecting LGBQT+ persons and allow discrimination to return.

Referring to the anti-discrimination laws as a “travesty” Porterfield doubled down, saying: “To not pass this amendment would be discriminating against people who have either religious convictions or who don’t want to run their business the way a socialist-left agenda wants us to run it.”

“We cannot allow discriminatory bigots to determine how our citizens are going to live,” Porterfield concluded. He also referred to LGBQT+ people using a derogatory term, citing far-right personality Milo Yiannopoulos.

Other delegates rose up to oppose Porterfield and his discriminatory colleagues. Delegate Danielle Walker, D-Monongalia spoke from her experience of having a gay son:

“You call them butch. You call them f****** You call them creatures. You call them a disgrace of God. You call them demons. You call them the devil. Well, guess what I call them? Love. Guess what I call them? Future leaders. Guess what I call them? Future doctors. Guess what I call them? Future activists. Guess what I call them? Advocates. Most importantly, I call him son.”

The debate moved many delegates, some to tears, but Porterfield was feeling pretty good about himself, posting on Facebook that he felt his comments set him up to win re-election in a landslide.

But unfortunately, Porterfield still hadn’t spoken everything on his mind.

In an interview with the Charleston Gazette-Mail he took his hateful rhetoric a step further, saying: “The LGBTQ is a modern-day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate.”

In response to his word-for-word interviews being reported by the news media, he called the coverage of him “fake news” and complained about the unfair reporting:

Finally, in an interview with WVVA TV, he was asked what he would do if one of his children were gay. A question that was surely meant to create empathy and challenge Porterfield’s narrow-minded assumptions about LGBTQ+ people, instead got a terrifyingly cruel answer:

“I would take her for a pedicure, take her to get her nails done, and see if she could swim. If it was my son, I would probably take him hunting, I would take him fishing and I’d see if he could swim.”

When the interviewer, Rachel Anderson, asked him to clarify what he meant by that statement, he said: “I just want to make sure they could swim… I would take them out to do activities.”

But Rachel didn’t have to ask, because it was perfectly clear what Porterfield meant.

Eric Porterfield was making a joke about leaving his children to drown, because of who they loved. To say that his conduct has been horrific would be an understatement. He has shown malice and hatred toward people who are different than him, and when called out he has complained that he hasn’t been given “the benefit of the doubt” and complained about discrimination against him because of his views and religion.

Nobody would know who this guy was, and nobody would be holding him accountable if he hadn’t made his deplorable comments. But he did say those comments, and he needs to be held to task. Our leaders need to be advocates, not hateful bigots, which is why Eric Porterfield should step aside before he does any further damage.

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55 comments

Thomas M
Thomas M2 months ago

Thank you

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Kevin B
Kevin B4 months ago

thank you for posting

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Karen H
Karen H4 months ago

Don't you must love the lawmakers who scream "religious freedom", then deny others the rights to their beliefs? My beliefs are that people can marry who they love, whether it's man/man, woman/woman, woman/man, or whatever combination. By denying MY rights to religious freedom, these [censored] are violating the Constitution.

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mmmm w
mmmm w4 months ago

yegads

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Mia B
Past Member 4 months ago

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney4 months ago

Great info Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney4 months ago

Interesting Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney4 months ago

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney4 months ago

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Martin H
Martin H5 months ago

Sad.

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