A Republican lawmaker has raised public outcry after he made veiled threats to drown his children if they told him they were gay.
Eric Porterfield, a West Virginia lawmaker and Baptist preacher said this when he appeared on WVVA TV, an NBC affiliate, to discuss his recent unsavory comments about the LGBTQ community.
Seeing his obvious dislike for the LGBT community, the lawmaker was asked what he would do if his children came to him one day and told him they were homosexuals.
The lawmaker replied with a smile,
“Well, I would dress my daughter first, as I would take her for a pedicure, I’d take her to get her nails done, and see if she could swim.
“If it was my son, I would probably take him hunting, I would take him fishing, then I’d see if he could swim.”
The reporter, being obviously alarmed at his veiled threat to drown his children asked him to clarify the statement.
Porterfield continued smiling and replied:
“I just want to make sure they could swim. That’s it. I’d take them out to do activities.”
The lawmaker has faced a lot of criticism after his odd remarks especially form the LGBTQ Nation. They found it distasteful that he was suggesting to drown his children while smiling.
The West Virginia Democratic Party called for Porterfield’s resignation after his initial comment likening LGBT people to terrorists. In a statement, WVDP Chairwoman Belinda Biafore said:
“West Virginia has no room for someone who expresses such hate. Let alone room for him to hold a public office where he is supposed to represent the people of West Virginia.
“His hate-filled remarks and actions speak volumes and so does the Republican Party’s silence. The Republican majority’s leadership needs to condemn these actions. Their silence is complicit and the people of West Virginia deserve better.”