- Apr 29, 2012
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- On an island. Not that one!
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Not all Republicans are bigoted assholes but there are certainly some out there - This took place in West Virginia, think what you will about the state's inability to move into the 21st century.
GOP delegate compares gay community to Ku Klux Klan
Delegate Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, made the comments after calling a reporter to discuss a report in Friday’s Gazette-Mail. That report detailed a flurry of criticism House Democrats aimed at Porterfield on Thursday in response to an inflammatory anti-gay and lesbian rant he delivered in committee Wednesday.
“The LGBTQ is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate,” Porterfield said in an interview Friday morning. He also called the gay community a “terrorist group” and said he is being “persecuted” by the gay community in retaliation for his remarks, including receiving threats on Facebook and voicemails.
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House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, responded Friday to Porterfield’s comments . . .
“I hope that no one would make those kind of statements,” he said. “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.”
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House Republicans sought to distance themselves from Porterfield’s remarks.
House Judiciary Chairman John Shott, who shares a district with Porterfield, declined to comment, as did Delegate Vernon Criss, R-Wood.
Some were more candid.
“He’s wrong, very wrong,” said Delegate Daniel Linville, R-Cabell. “There’s just no excuse though for some of the things that he said.”
Delegate John Mandt, R-Cabell, said he didn’t appreciate Porterfield’s sentiments.