E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominee
for lieutenant governor of Virginia, has denied ever saying that gay
people are “sick.”
In an interview Wednesday with CBS
affiliate WUSA, Jackson was asked about his anti-gay record.
“Probably most of what they hear, the
mainstream media, from my opponent is not true,” Jackson said.
“Did you say that gay people live a
sick lifestyle?” the interviewer asked.
“Never said that,” Jackson
“You said that the U.S. Armed Forces
are going to be punished by God because of the end of Don't Ask,
“That's absolutely, categorically not
true,” Jackson said. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit
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But roughly a year ago, during an
interview with Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth
about Homosexuality, Jackson said: “Their minds are perverted,
they're frankly very sick people psychologically and mentally and
emotionally and they see everything through the lens of
homosexuality. When they talk about love they're not talking about
love, they're talking about homosexual sex.”
And in 2011, Jackson warned a Virginia
Family Foundation audience against allowing gay troops to serve
openly in the military.
“How in the world can we expect our
military to be blessed by the hand of almighty God, if we allow our
military to become the equivalent of Sodom and Gomorrah? God is not
pleased,” Jackson said.
In fact, as
Right Wing Watch reports, Jackson has a long history of making