Va. GOP candidate won't apologize for comments on abortion, gays

Lieutenant Governor nominee E.W. Jackson speaks with supporters at the Lynchburg Regional Airport terminal on Tuesday morning. JILL NANCE,AP PHOTO/THE NEWS & ADVANCE

Criticism about his provocative comments on abortion, race and homosexuality won't entice an apology from the Republican nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson.

Rooted in his Christian faith, Jackson said he remains steadfast in his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

"I say the things that I say because I'm a Christian, not because I hate anybody, but because I have religious values that matter to me," Jackson said Tuesday at a campaign event in Fredericksburg, Va., according the Washington Post.

"Attacking me because I hold to those principles is attacking every church-going person, every family that's living a traditional family life, everybody who believes that we all deserve the right to live," Jackson said. "So I don't have anything to rephrase or apologize for. I would just say people should not paint me as one-dimensional."

Jackson had slammed Planned Parenthood saying the group has caused more damage to blacks than the Ku Klux Klan. He has also referred to people who are gay as "perverted" and "very sick" and said Democrats' comparisons between "homosexuality and being black" are an "outrageous lie" because "they can keep their homosexuality private. You and I cannot hide being black."

Jackson and GOP gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli will face Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe and his yet-to-be-determined running mate in November.

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