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West Virginia Delegate Danielle Walker (D) said in an interview that aired Friday on "Rising" that the response to another West Virginia delegate's homophobic comments has been "nothing but love," and political action.
"Nothing but love," Walker told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Thursday when asked about how people have responded to Delegate Eric Porterfield's (R) recent homophobic comments.
"Some people are very angry, some people started organizing, and they've organized so well to where there's a candidate that I filed my pre-candidacy with, that's going to run against Mr. Porterfield in Mercer County," she continued.
"I was very honored to stand with this woman, along with another delegate, because he [Porterfield] called for our resignation," she said. "So myself, Tina Russell, who will be running against Mr. Porterfield, and Sammi Brown, filed our pre-candidacy together on Monday, not because we're women of color, because we're united, because we are strong, because we want everyone to have a voice."
Porterfield has faced calls to resign this week after The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that he used an anti-gay slur during a committee meeting last week while lawmakers mulled a proposed amendment related to anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people.
The delegate also reportedly said during the meeting that "the LGBT is the most socialist group in this country."
He went on to tell the publication on Friday that "the LGBTQ is a modern-day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods, with their antics of hate."
West Virginia's Democratic Party has called on Porterfield to resign, while the state's Republican Party Chairwoman Melody Potter said in a statement on Monday that Porterfield's comments were "hateful" and "hurtful" and that they did "not reflect the values of our country, our state, and the Republican Party."
- Julia Manchester