Virginia lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson claims that the homophobic comments that he has been criticized for making have been taken "out of context."
"I believe in the power of love, I've been teaching it for 30 years," he said Tuesday. "I don't I treat anybody with disrespect, and those comments have been taken completely out of context."
As previously reported, Jackson has a long history of incendiary statements, including comparing Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan, claiming that gays and lesbians have "perverted" minds and are "very sick people psychologically, mentally, and emotionally," saying openly gay and lesbian soldiers are "sexually twisted," and advocating for a law that would have required women to report miscarriages to police or face jail time.
Jackson, a Republican, tweeted that President Barak Obama's declaration that June was LGBT Pride Month made him "feel ikky [sic] all over. Yuk!"
Jackson defended his character at a debate Tuesday, but a new ad shows that his record of antigay statements has plenty of documentation: