Virginia's Lt. Gov. Nominee Says Gays Are 'Ikky'

By Sunnivie Brydum

Originally published on Advocate.com May 25 2013 12:35 PM ET

E.W. Jackson's history of antigay rhetoric just isn't going away, thanks to Mother Jones

The Baptist Bishop nominated by the Virginia GOP as lieutenant governor, to join Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli, seems to be living up to concerns from Democrats and Republicans alike that his antigay, antichoice, Islamophobic views would isolate voters and potentially tank Virginia's GOP ticket. 

Back in 2009, Jackson commemorated LGBT Pride month, and President Obama's declaration recognizing June as such, with this tweet:


The President has proclaimed June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride Month. Well that just makes me feel ikky all over. Yuk!

— Bishop E W Jackson(@ewjsr) June 3, 2009

Jackson's outlandish homophobia might be funny, if it weren't so terrifying that this man is running for public office — for the second time, after a failed Senate bid in 2012. 

Mother Jones has a comprehensive collection of Jackson's most egregious antigay tweets, including those where Jackson concludes that the "homosexual movement is a cancer attacking vital organ of faith, family, & military — repositories of traditional values." 

Mother Jones also notes that Jackson has referred to Obama as "the first homosexual president," and the "first Muslim President." Jackson, who graduated from Harvard Divinity School, did recognize the contradiction between those statements, but didn't appear to believe it weakened his argument. 

"It will be interesting to see how Obama reconciles Islamicizing America with homosexualizing America," he tweeted in October 2009.

Find more of Jackson's absurdity here.