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The Lookout | April 12, 2021

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EDITORIAL: Lawmaker’s comments vile

EDITORIAL: Lawmaker’s  comments vile

A West Virginia legislator is under fire after making several anti-LGBTQ comments in the media.

Eric Porterfield, a Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, is being condemned by Democrats and Republicans alike.

In an interview with the Charleston Gazette Mail, Porterfield referred to the LGBTQ community as “a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan.” He also called LGBTQ activists “terrorists” who are trying to “persecute” him for his beliefs.

The hateful comments don’t stop there. In a local newspaper, Porterfield argued that the state of West Virginia should have the right to fire a person or deny them housing based on their sexual orientation.

In an interview with a local TV station, Porterfield even alluded to the fact that he would drown his own kids if they told him they were gay.

The staff at The Lookout thinks Porterfield’s remarks are appalling and disgraceful. In the year 2019, these kinds of homophobic comments are unwarranted, especially coming from a politician.

There are so many other problems that could be focused on rather than attacking and degrading a group of people for how they live their life. Throughout the last few years, the country has made tremendous strides in supporting and accepting the LGBTQ community.

Porterfield is entitled to his own personal beliefs, but why focus so much energy on trying to make the country backtrack? It just seems like a waste of time; time that can be used focusing on serious issues.

Porterfield is using his position in politics to push his own homophobic agenda and spread unnecessary hate — which is ironically what he accuses the LGBTQ community of doing.

For those reasons, our staff supports the people who are calling on Porterfield to resign.