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Va. GOP candidate for Lt. Gov. defends claim that gays are ‘very sick people’

Friday, May 31, 2013

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Virginia’s GOP nominee for Lt. Governor appeared Thursday on Janet Mefferd’s radio program to defend his claims that gays and lesbians are “very sick people.”

E.W. Jackson

Jackson, a Chesapeake, Va., minister with a track record of vehemently anti-gay remarks and who has called LGBT people “perverse,” and pedophiles, said “homosexuality is a sexual behavior and it is a behavior that the Bible says is wrong and unacceptable.”

“To equate that with civil rights for black people or for women is so specious that it just amazes me that people buy into it, but they buy into it because it is emotionally appealing, it has no logic to it whatsoever,” said Jackson.

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Jackson told Mefferd that gays need to “know the love of God in their lives” and that it would “betray God” to reassess his anti-gay remarks, which he said were made “without venom or hatred.”

Earlier this month, Jackson was selected by state GOP delegates to be the running mate to gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

The nomination set off a firestorm of criticism from progressives and Democrats over Jackson’s controversial public pronouncements on LGBT issues, along with his allegations that Planned Parenthood was more lethal to blacks than the Ku Klux Klan.

Although Cuccinelli himself has thus far not weighed in, the current Governor, Republican Bob McDonnell on Tuesday stressed that Cuccinelli is not responsible for the controversial statements by Jackson.

He also called on the GOP slate to campaign with civility and to focus on “kitchen-table issues.”

“I’m supporting Ken Cuccinelli and the Republican ticket,” McDonnell said on WTOP radio, saying the ticket is key to continued improvements on jobs, economic development, transportation and pension reform.

As for Jackson, McDonnell said: “He’s obviously passionate about the right to life. I’m pro-life. I believe that is the right position for Virginia.”

“I think you need to express these things with civility,” McDonnell added. “You need to try to bring people together.”

But in an interview with WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg Wednesday, State Senator Mark D. Obenshain, the Republican candidate for attorney general, distanced himself from Jackson’s controversial remarks.

Obenshain said he wanted to talk about his ideas for the economy and job creation, but when WHSV-TV host Bob Corso, asked if he supported Jackson’s comments that homosexuals are “sick” and “perverted,” Obenshain replied, “Bob, I don’t agree with that statement.”

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  1. hypocrite much? remember when whites hated blacks?

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:10pm
  2. The all are welcome party shows once again hardly any 1 is welcome. They can’t believe that this kind of talk will work as we move into the future !

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:12pm
  3. And claimed that blacks didnt even have souls? yeeeeaaah, he forgot. Dr. King Jr. would be appalled.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:12pm
  4. Of course he does.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:12pm
  5. Thank you, VA GOP, for this wonderful gift to us Democrats! ;-)

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:12pm
  6. A black mother fucker saying that??? Well, if more whites felt that way about blacks they never would have gotten rights. NEVER. He’s a ignorant mother humper…

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:13pm
  7. Send him back to the back of the bus!

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:13pm
  8. Amazes me how these homophobe are so concerned with us. Like they think about us 24/7. More like OBSESS I should say

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:13pm
  9. His wife must be sick having to be married to that hideous thing.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:13pm
  10. he just hateful an d seem kind gay kids of his would be put out of the house

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:15pm
  11. What will sure not help him get elected

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:15pm
  12. Whatever, he’s a douchebag!!!

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:17pm
  13. Unevolved idiot.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:18pm
  14. I am very conservative, military, and a member of the LGBT community…. I will not be voting for the Republican candidates for Governor or Lt. Governor. What these two promise to bring Virginia is more hate and nothing else…

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:18pm
  15. this dolt is an embarrassment to blacks and USA

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:18pm
  16. Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:19pm
  17. This is what I have to deal with living in Virginia….

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:19pm
  18. yet another fool…

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:19pm
  19. Does he even remember that blacks used to be considered sub-human. WTF, dude!

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:20pm
  20. Wonder if he knows-or cares to remember-that there are and were many white “Christians” that did and do consider black people as inferior to whites based on God’s word(s),not to mention considering blacks a mistake made by Satan, a mistake that God allowed to live because he/she pitied them.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:20pm
  21. Tu Padre

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:20pm
  22. Embarrassment to say he is black I m gladi don, t live in v.a

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:20pm
  23. One minority knocking another, what the heck has this world come to?

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:21pm
  24. I’ve said it before and i will say it again the only thing that’s very sick here is people like you with your blind,ignorant bullshit of witch you use to slander others you dislike nor don’t understand. And yet like soo many others he probably says this and then claims to love Jesus what a joke.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:21pm
  25. If he wants to talk about sick people I’d like to discuss minorities who sell out to parties that have historically disenfranchised them, tried to water down their votes, and or redistrict them out of any power . . . per example, any Republican state.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:22pm
  26. @ mike his “Amens” don’t mean crap lol

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:23pm
  27. hatred plain as day

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:23pm
  28. my nose is a little stuffy….

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:23pm
  29. And many still do.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:28pm
  30. he’s the one who’s very sick!

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:37pm
  31. what a douche, this guy is an insult to not only “forward” thinking people but any one with a brain,, as he obviosuly has none

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:37pm
  32. Oh damn! Is this idiot STILL talking?! Sit down. He’s probably one of those DL brothas…

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:57pm
  33. Wellll! He’s not getting my vote that’s for rootin’ tootin’ sure! Even if I were living in his state.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:00pm
  34. Gay people are sick people, all the gay friends I have look perfectly healthy unless they get the flu or so

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:13pm
  35. I think THIS a-hole is a very sick person..every time he opens his big fat mouth, he proves it

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:18pm
  36. I’d say this man is a VERY SICK PERSON!!! People who attack Gays have issues!

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:20pm
  37. A conclusion he came to, no doubt, after conducting numerous interviews with gay people, mainly in airport and bus station bathrooms, over the years, as well as doing a vast amount of unbiased research on the subject utilizing his bible as his primary source of information.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:26pm
  38. He looks evil. He just looks like he has a lot of pent up hate and rage inside of him.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:41pm
  39. He is an EXTREMELY sick person!

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:52pm
  40. me thinks he needs to look in the mirror

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:55pm
  41. I’m not sick. I feel fine.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:58pm
  42. >:(..I thought were passed were not like how people were in the 50′s or 1800′s were more civilized people why the fuck is that so different for the gay community? where do people come up with this? how come it’s okay to use the f word? but when people say other stuff like the n word or r word “everybody flips out” gasp :O you can’t say that this world will accept gay rights whether people like it or not freedom for all!

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5:07pm
  43. What a stupid a-hole! I just have no words.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5:17pm
  44. really..it’s a lot of gays who are doctors and emts and police men and women who save lives every day..and one day it might be his life they save

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5:18pm
  45. Sick because we have to put up with people like this piece of shit.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5:34pm
  46. If everyone felt that way, he wouln’t have his job.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 5:39pm
  47. . . . . is he really black ? LOL

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:45pm
  48. Cost case. Classically so.

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:57pm
  49. Damn him! fuck this uncle tom bastard!

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:57pm
  50. as a Progressive I applaud and respect you

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 7:28pm
  51. i’m not sick lol

    Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 7:59pm