Former Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson, front right, speaks to the media during a demonstration outside federal court in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Jackson spoke in favor of the law banning same-sex marriage. A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. The state's newly elected Democratic attorney general has already decided to side with the plaintiffs and will not defend the ban. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Former Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson (front right) and FRC spokesman Josh Duggar (left) speak to the media during a demonstration outside federal court in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)
NORFOLK, Va. — Josh Duggar, the oldest of the Duggar children from TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” and E.W. Jackson, the failed candidate for Virginia Lt. Governor, headlined an anti-gay marriage rally in Norfolk on Tuesday while a federal judge heard arguments challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The sparsely attended protest was organized by the National Organization for Marriage, the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, and the Virginia Family Foundation.
Duggar, now Executive Director of Family Research Council Action, repeatedly criticized Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring for his refusal to “uphold the law” after determining that the state’s marriage ban violated the U.S. Constitution. Duggar also claimed that Christians are facing criminal charges for refusing to make wedding cakes for gay couples.
Jackson has previously warned that marriage equality for gays and lesbians will result in the legalization of man-animal unions, and has referred to gays as “very sick people.”