Del. Eric Porterfield

Del. Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, being sworn-in as a member of the W.Va. House of Delegates. Jan. 4, 2019.
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Indiana's Supreme Court is weighing whether to take up a lawsuit by West Virginia Del. Eric Porterfield over the 2006 parking lot brawl that left him blinded years before he was elected to office.

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A southern district that includes a controversial House delegate will have another GOP candidate in next year’s primary election. The 27th House District currently includes Del. Eric Porterfield, who made anti-gay comments during the 2019 legislative session.

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When West Virginia House of Delegates member Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, called the LGBT community “the modern-day version of the Ku Klux Klan” in an interview with a Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter last week, it drew condemnation not just in the state, but nationwide.

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Updated Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.

The leader of West Virginia Republican party has denounced derogatory comments a state delegate made against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer communities. That response comes as Democrats have called for the lawmaker's resignation and have continued to push for added protected classes in the state's Human Rights Act.

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A West Virginia delegate told a reporter on Friday that he thinks "the LGBTQ is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan."

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Del. Eric Porterfield made the comments after calling to discuss a story on controversial earlier comments. The Mercer Republican also told the reporter the gay community is a "terrorist group," saying he had received threatening voicemails and social media messages after earlier remarks in a Wednesday committee meeting became public.