West Virginia Republican Party Denounces Delegate Porterfield’s Comments

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The West Virginia Republican Party has issued a statement denouncing  Delegate Eric Porterfield’s comments about the LGBTQ Community.

In the statement, WV GOP Chairwoman Melody Potter said, “In recent days, Delegate Eric Porterfield has made comments that are hateful, hurtful, and do not reflect the values of our country, our state, and the Republican Party. These comments are unacceptable and we denounce them. They have no place in America.”

Del. Porterfield has made controversial remarks about the LGBTQ community while discussing a bill regarding LGBTQ community members protections.

Del. Porterfield said it’s not a legislator’s job to legislate behavior, adding that LGBT groups are “socialists” who do not protect gays. He told the committee “We cannot allow discriminatory bigots to determine how our citizens are going to live.”

You can read the West Virginia Republican Party’s full statement below:

As West Virginians, we are taught to respect one another, love our neighbors, and when we disagree to seek understanding of our fellow Mountaineers.

In recent days, Delegate Eric Porterfield has made comments that are hateful, hurtful, and do not reflect the values of our country, our state, and the Republican Party. These comments are unacceptable and we denounce them. They have no place in America.

We may disagree on policy, politics, and the direction of our state, but we can disagree civilly and respectfully because intolerant and hateful views hold us back, divide us, and hurt our state.

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