Delegate Eric Porterfield called LGBT organizations “socialists,” “brutal monsters,” and the “Klu Klux Klan in the modern era without hoods.” He also insinuated that he would drown his kids if they were gay.
Chairwoman Belinda Biafore called on Porterfield to resign over his views, and the state’s Republican party condemned him in a statement.
“As religious leaders we feel compelled to point out that many of Mr. Porterfield’s recent statements do not reflect the values or sentiments of the entire faith community; rather, he has spoken only for himself,” the statement said. “While we may not all agree on issues pertaining to our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or queer brothers and sisters we should all agree on the inherent worth of all human beings.”
Porterfield made those remarks in support of a ruling that would allow businesses to deny service to LGBT people based on their sexuality.