Virginia Dems and Openly Gay Legislator Respond to GOP Anti-LGBT ticket
Senator Ebbin (left) and Senator McEachin (right) from a press conference earlier this year
In a press call Tuesday, Senator Adam Ebbin and Democratic Party of Virginia Chair Charniele Herring decried the nomination of the openly anti-LGBT GOP ticket.
A nominating convention held last Saturday put Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on the gubernatorial ballot, with Rev. E.W. Jackson as the lieutenant governor candidate.
According to Herring, both Jackson and Cuccinelli have “made a career out of leveling vicious attacks against gay and lesbian Virginians.”
“In Virginia we value diversity,” said Ebbin, Virginia’s only openly gay legislator. “We don’t believe in targeting specific groups for vicious attacks for partisan gain.”
Ebbin quoted Cuccinelli’s statement in 2008 as evidence: “When you look at the homosexual agenda, I cannot support something that I believe brings nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of their soul.”
James Parrish, executive director for Equality Virginia also provided evidence of Jackson’s extreme views on gay and lesbian Americans. He quoted Jackson’s rhetoric saying “Their minds are perverted… They are frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.”
“In the LGBT community, the word is getting out,” said Ebbin. “People are frightened.”
Herring said that Cuccinelli and Jackson pose as a threat to businesses that value equality and LGBT employees.
“It is damaging to the Commonwealth’s reputation as an inclusive and result-oriented place to live,” said Herring.
Even though the election will take place in an off-year, Herring says that Virginians are likely to vote against the extreme rhetoric of Jackson and Cuccinelli.
“The electorate want a more modern candidate as their Governor,” said Herring.
According to Herring, the DPVA is already working to inform the electorate about the record of Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson.
“The voters are there,” said Herring. “We are ready.”
Maya Earls and is a second-year journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was born in Los Angeles, and moved to Richmond in 2000. Her first journalism experience was managing social media for the Rock4Life benefit concert.She enjoys exploring Richmond on her bike and finding good views of the river. Her favorite past-time is watching people dance in their cars from her apartment window.
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