Republican West Virginia lawmaker Eric Porterfield is being called on to resign amid homophobic remarks made about the LGBTQ community.

The born-again Baptist missionary was elected to West Virginia's House of Delegates in November. Porterfield told a reporter at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, "The LGBTQ is a modern-day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate.”

The Charleston Gazette-Mail also reported that he used the slur "f****t" in a committee meeting when discussing a proposed amendment that failed to pass which would have restricted anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.

He also stated to Bluefield station WVVA, that if his kids came out as gay, he would, "see if she can swim … then I’d see if he can swim."

On Friday, the West Virginia Democratic Party called for Porterfield’s resignation. Chairwoman Belinda Biafore said his "hate-filled remarks" and "the Republican Party's silence" speak volumes. 

“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,” she added.

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