BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A ministerial group and a former delegate of Mercer County have denounced disparaging remarks about the gay community made by the current county delegate.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported Thursday that the Bluefield Ministerial Association and former Republican Del. Marty Gearheart believe Del. Eric Porterfield's comments to be inappropriate.
Porterfield was criticized last week for calling the LGBTQ community socialists, discriminatory bigots, a terrorist group and a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan.
Association member the Rev. Chad Slater said "Scripture is clear that all people are made in the image of God," which he says includes the LGBTQ community. Gearheart said Porterfield's comment limit his ability to do his job, which in turn mutes the county's voice.
The newspaper said Porterfield couldn't be reached for comment.
In an interview with Eyewitness News last week, Porterfield stood by his remarks.
"Those were not anti-gay remarks, those were anti LBGTQ remarks that I make, because they are a political terrorist, and probably the closest thing to the Ku Klux Klan in the modern political era and they have already proven that,” Porterfield said.
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