West Virginia state Senator Mike Azinger, a Republican, penned an op-ed in response to a local pride celebration, stating, "Sexual deviancy is going mainstream."
"The LGBQT (sic) movement is not about happiness and tolerance, but about indoctrination and a forced acceptance of a perverted and non-biblical view of sexuality," Azinger wrote.
West Virginia GOP chair Melody Potter shared the article on her Facebook page, adding that it was "right on."
"Thank you Senator for having the boldness to stand for what is right," she wrote. "More people should do the same."
Potter told CNN on Tuesday she was not surprised by the backlash and that she stands by her comments.
"I am not surprised. I am thrilled at the support I am getting for supportive Biblical principles. We love those even with whom we might not agree with," she said.
In a statement later posted to Facebook, Parkersburg Pride President Cammy Murray, whose organization sponsored the event that drew Azinger's attention, said the state senator's op-ed was a "message of bigotry."
That’s the latest news, dear friends. LGBTQ is a perversion of God’s created order, and poor Senator Azinger must have forgotten that you are not permitted to disagree with the pagan cult of homosexuality.
And in other news, water is wet. The sky is blue, fire is hot, and the Pope is Roman Catholic.
"Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).