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West Va. GOP legislator: 'LGBT is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan'

West Va. GOP Legislator: ‘LGBT is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan’

Eric Porterfield, a Republican in the West Virginia House of Delegates, compared members of the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan on Friday amid facing threats and calls to resign over other recent bigoted remarks.

“The LGBT (community) is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate,” Mr. Porterfield said in an interview Friday morning, Charleston’s Gazette-Mail reported.

Porterfield also called the gay community a “terrorist group” and claimed that he is being “persecuted”  and is receiving “threatening” voicemails and social media messages after earlier remarks in a Wednesday committee meeting became public in which he supported an amendment that would overrule local ordinances that protect LGBT people from discrimination. The amendment failed.

“As legislators, I don’t think it’s our job to legislate behavior. This is discrimination against the First Amendment and religious liberty. The LGBT is the most socialist group in this country. They do not protect gays. There are many gays they persecute if they do not line up with their social ideology” (sic)

Some West VA. Republicans have criticized Porterfield’s comments. Del. Daniel Linville, R-Cabell, told the paper, “He’s wrong, very wrong. There’s just no excuse though for some of the things that he said.”

In a news release, the state Democratic Party Chairwoman Belinda Biafore called for Porterfield’s resignation.

Porterfield is refusing to resign and states that the controversy and his comments will boost his chances of re-election.

West Virginia State Supreme Court Rules Hate Crimes Charges Can’t Be Applied To Gay Bashings

West Virginia State Supreme Court Rules Hate Crimes Charges Can’t Be Applied To Gay Bashings

 

In a 3-2 opinion issued Tuesday, the state Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision that dismissed hate crime charges against former Marshall University football player Steward Butler. In arguments before the Court last month, Cabell County Assistant Prosecutor Lauren Plymale said Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Farrell was wrong when he dismissed the charges against Bulter citing state law does not include sexual orientation as a protective class under the hate crimes statute. Plymale argued the word sex meant sexual orientation.

In early April 2015, Huntington Police said Butler was in a passing car when he spotted the two men on a 9th Street sidewalk. According to the criminal complaint, Butler exited the car, shouted homophobic slurs at the men and then punched the victims, Zackary Johnson and Casey Williams. He was charged with battery and later for violating their civil rights. The current law prohibits civil rights violations based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, political affiliation or sex.

In its opinion authored by Chief Justice Allen Loughry [INSET], the Court said the word “sex” is undefined in the code and must be considered under its common and ordinary meaning. “We find the word to be clear and unambiguous and to have a very different meaning and import than the term ‘sexual orientation,’” Loughry wrote. The opinion said it also “cannot be ignored” that since the hate crimes statute was passed in 1987 by the legislature, House and Senate members have refused to include “sexual orientation” as a protective class on at least 26 occasions. – West Virginia Metro News

Coming soon West Virginia  will craft an anti-lynching statute that makes lynching illegal for every category except race.

Lesbian Couple Verbally Assaulted By West Virginia County Clerk When Getting A Marriage License

Glimer County Anti-gay

Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich were stunned and devastated seeking a marriage license in Glenville, West Virginia were reportedly screamed at by deputy clerk Debbie  Allen called them “an abomination” and said that God would judge them.

Brookover and Abramovich had possibly expected maybe an eye roll or some sign of disgust. They said they weren’t anticipating that they would be told they were “an abomination.

The couple says that Allen huffed, took their driver’s licenses, made copies, slammed down the copies and then, for two to three minutes, yelled that what they were doing was wrong in her eyes and in God’s eyes and that no one in Gilmer County would ever marry them. The couple had brought family members. They had the camera ready. It was supposed to be a happy day. Instead, in Brookover’s words, they were “flabbergasted and hurt and angry like you wouldn’t believe.” Allen said she briefly and calmly told the couple what they were doing was wrong and that God would judge them, and then continued assisting them as she would other couples.

When contacted by the  Charleston Gazette-Mail   Allen said that “We {she} did not attack them. We did not yell at them. We were not aggressive with them. I felt I talked nicely to them.  I just told them my opinion,” Allen added:  “I just felt led to do that. I believe God was standing with me and that’s just my religious belief.”

When asked if her words could possibly have been perceived as an attack to someone of another sexual orientation, who has been belittled because of it,  Allen said, “Oh, I’m sure.”

Debbie Allen can be reached at the Glimer County Clerks Office @ 304-461-7641

Perhaps we should all give Allen a call and tell her OUR beliefs about her.

After all they’re getting brazen and so should we.

 

West Virginia Newspaper Publishes KKK Type Letter After Lesbian Teacher Fired From School: VIDEO

A West Virginia newspaper, The Lincoln Journal is coming under fire for publishing a homophobic and racist letter after the Lincoln County Board of Education fired teacher Kelli Burns for being a lesbian.

Said the letter, which was transcribed from a voicemail the paper received:

“We were really glad to hear that School Board is getting rid of them queers. The next thing is we need to get rid of all the niggers, the spics, the kikes and the wops….You know even them Catholics, they are wrong as baby eaters…We need to clear them people out and have good, white, God fearing Christians and everybody else needs to be put to death for their abominations….We’ll keep Lincoln County white and right. Thank you.”

Burns who was fired after three separate hearings from the school board  late last week,
alleged that students had been forced to write letters to the school board saying that she had “tried to turn them gay.”

Gay West Virgina Coal Miner Sues Over Widespread Anti-Gay Harrassment

Sam Hall, a gay coal miner in West Virginia is suing a Massey Energy Co. subsidiary, because co-workers in several mines have repeatedly harassed him because of his sexual orientation. Sam Hall maintains that he was subjected to verbal abuse and invective and lewd gestures by his supervisors and other miners, even after he complained to management.

“Mr. Hall is gay and, given his gender preference, has been harassed by both management and fellow miners. Due to management’s participation and provocation, most of the pervasive ongoing harassment has been caused or encouraged,” the suit states.

The suit, filed by Charleston lawyer Roger Forman, names Massey subsidiary Spartan Mining Co. and No. 2 Gas Mine foreman Randy Thomas as defendants.

Massey Energy vice president and general counsel Shane Harvey called the conduct alleged by Hall “despicable.”. “They are serious allegations, and we take them seriously. We are going to investigate it, and if any of them are true, we are going to take action swiftly to remedy the situation,” he said. “However, at this stage, they are just allegations, and we are going into the investigation with an open mind.”

It all started in 2007 after Hall went horseback riding with a co-worker, the mine’s superintendent, Scott Lansenese, allegedly said that Hall had a “Brokeback Mountain” moment.  After that Mark Delung, a chief electrician, used homophobic slurs and wrote them on Hall’s dinner bucket and then mine’s power center, Hall alleges. When he complained, and management told Delung to stop, the harassment escalated, including vandalism of Hall’s car, where co-workers attached a sign that read, “I like little boys,” according to the suit.

After complaining Hall wass sent to  work at No. 2 Gas Mine, he was again submitted to abuse, according to the suit. Co-workers allegedly shook their penises at Hall underground, and when they were told to stop or be fired, the situation escalated, with slurs being written on his locker.

Hall was then sent to work at No. 5 Block Mine, where the superintendent knew him from the Winifrede mine and would laugh at the abuse directed at Hall, the suit maintains. Hall became worried when the slurs escalated to violent threats, including “I would like to see all faggots die.”

In April 2010, Hall returned to the No. 2 Gas Mine, where mine foreman Randy Thomas engaged in persistent harassment, according to the suit. Mine superintendent Carl Lucas did nothing to stop the abuse and he continues to face threats and harassment.

Hall accuses Spartan Mining Co. and its management of creating an oppressive and hostile work environment, and making no effort to resolve physical threats based on his sexual preference

*The picture above is not Sam Hall or anyone related to this article.