LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - A Loudoun County supervisor known for his anti-gay rhetoric is scheduled to appear in court to answer a petition seeking his ouster under a rarely used law.

The petition states that Eugene Delgaudio should be removed for using county staff to solicit donations for his conservative advocacy group, Public Advocate of the United States. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies Public Advocate as a hate group.

A special grand jury investigated Delgaudio and declined to indict, though it issued a report critical of his actions. Delgaudio's fellow supervisors publicly censured him.

Delgaudio said he has done nothing wrong and is looking forward to defending himself in court. He says the petition is backed by political opponents who refuse to accept that voters have elected him four times.