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 responded.

“You said that the U.S. Armed Forces are going to be punished by God because of the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”

“That's absolutely, categorically not true,” Jackson said. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

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 anti-gay statements.