E.W. Jackson: comments on homosexuals not incompatible with respect
Presented with previous comments he'd made critical of homosexuality and gay people, Republican candidate for Virginia's Lieutenant Governor E.W. Jackson insisted that his role as a minister and as a political candidate are separate.
Jackson, a Christian minister, appeared on NewsChannel 8's NewsTalk Thursday morning and was shown YouTube clips of his previous comments by host Bruce DePuyt in which Jackson called homosexuality a "horrible sin" that "poisons culture" and "destroys society." In that same clip, Jackson said of gay people, "their minds are perverted. They're, frankly, very sick people psychologically and mentally and emotionally."
"I refuse to apologize for being a bible-believing Christian. There are millions of us all over the Commonwealth of Virginia. No matter how much I'm persecuted for it, I will not apologize for it," Jackson said. "Believing that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, having certain moral beliefs is not incompatible with treating all people with respect."
"I understand the difference between my role as a minister and my role as Lieutenant Governor. I've got to serve gay people, straight people, people who believe in God, people who don't believe in God," he continued. "I understand the distinction and frankly, it's an insult to suggest that I don't. I love the constitution and the first amendment."
Jackson also tried to distance himself from the Republican Party, which many Americans blame for the prolonged and wildly unpopular government shutdown, and GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli,
"I think the most important thing to stress is that I'm my own man," Jackson said when asked what his relationship with Cuccinelli would be like if both are elected. "We get elected separately. I come with my own vision for what I would do as Lieutenant Governor."