Bishop E.W. Jackson, the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia, on Tuesday claimed that the media has taken his anti-gay comments out of context.

Appearing on Newsmax TV, Jackson said that he has only condemned the actions of the “gay rights movement, so-called, homosexual activists.”

“Look, I respect every human being,” Jackson said on the program. “I don't believe that there's any second-class citizens in Virginia. I don't treat anybody any differently because of their sexual orientation. But I do think that the rabid, radical homosexual activist movement is really trying to fundamentally change our culture and redefine marriage and do a number of things that I just think are not good at all.”

According to, a project of People for the American Way, Jackson has previously said that the gay community is composed of “perverse,” “degenerate” and “very sick people” and suggested that gay men and lesbians abuse children in an effort to make them gay.

(Related: Virginia GOP Lt. Gov. nominee E.W. Jackson calls homosexuality “wrong.”)