Delegate Eric Porterfield, who represents West Virginia's 27th district, has a history of anti-LGBT stances. But there was an anti-LGBT-discrimination bill.
During the February 6 meeting Porterfield called the bill, which would include LGBT people as a protected class under the State's Human Rights Act, "bigoted," "intolerant" and "discriminatory."
"The LGBT is the most socialist group in this country," he continued, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. "They do not protect gays."
Porterfield has previously framed pushes for LGBT protections as a violation of free speech.
Reaction to his comments was swift. On Thursday, House Democrats took turns condemning Porterfield for his comments. On Friday, the West Virginia Democratic Party issued a statement calling for Porterfield to resign.
"West Virginia has no room for someone who expresses such a hate," WVDP Chairwoman Belina Biafore wrote.
But Porterfield took the opportunity to double down on his statements. On Friday morning, they are the offices of the Gazette Mail, which was published in the post.
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Porterfield's office has not responded to CNN calls and e-mails requesting comment.
A few days later, the lawmaker continued his line of commentary. During an interview with local TV station WVVA, Porterfield, wearing a "Make America Great Again", gave an odd answer when asked what they were doing.
"Well, I will address my daughter first. I'll take her to get her nails done," she said. "If it was my son, I would take him fishing, then I'd see if he could swim."
"I just want to make sure they could swim," they said when asked to clarify his comments.
Several of West Virginia's Republican leaders have criticized his statements, and West Virginia GOP officially denounced Porterfield's words.
"These comments are unacceptable and we denounce them," Melody Potter said in a statement. "They have no place in America."
Porterfield took office last month, succeeding retiring Republican delegate Marty Gearheart. The 44-year-old is a Baptist missionary and has been blinded in 2006.
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