- May 20, 2013
Post submited by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications
The Virginia GOP’s 2013 gubernatorial ticket is boasting two radically anti-gay figures whose views on LGBT rights are dramatically out-of-step with the majority of Virginians. The two men are Ken Cuccinelli, who currently serves as the commonwealth’s Attorney General; and Bishop E.W. Jackson. Cuccinelli has advocated for archaic policies that roll back the clock on equality and harm LGBT Virginians, while Jackson has spoken out against gay people more bluntly – calling them “perverted…very sick people.”
In an interview with Pete LaBarbera, who heads up the anti-gay group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, Jackson made the claim that all gay people were “perverted” and “very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.” Jackson also claimed LGBT people were incapable of love: “When they talk about love they’re not talking about love, they’re talking about homosexual sex.” He went on to say that: “Homosexuality is a horrible sin, it poisons culture, it destroys families, it destroys societies; it brings the judgment of God unlike very few things that we can think of.”
In a video released last year, Jackson said gay people should just stay in the closet: “They can keep their homosexuality private.” In the same video, Jackson claimed Planned Parenthood caused more harm than the Ku Klux Klan ever did.
At the top of the ticket is Ken Cuccinelli. As Attorney General, Cuccinelli actually urged Virginia’s public colleges and universities to rescind policies that banned discrimination based on sexual orientation. Cuccinelli said the schools which had adopted such policies did so “without proper authority.”
Cuccinelli also has voiced his desire to legislate against LGBT people, even petitioning to keep archaic laws deemed unconstitutional on the books in Virginia. Cuccinelli has explained his rationale by saying: “My view is that homosexual acts…are wrong. They’re intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law-based country, it’s appropriate to have policies that reflect that. ... They don’t comport with natural law. I happen to think that it represents…behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society.”
A majority of Virginia voters – 56 percent – support marriage equality. That’s a dramatic increase of 10 percent in just two years. The Democratic gubernatorial and lieutenant governor hopefuls all support marriage equality. In order to repeal the state constitutional amendment which prohibits not only marriage for same-sex couples but also other forms of relationship recognition, the legislature must pass a bill in two consecutive legislative sessions to place the repeal on the ballot.