Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is, among other things, a man who has an obsession with gay sex. He is also a man running for Governor of Virginia, and in so doing, may become a huge laughing stock of the nation.
Cuccinelli recently saw one of the cases he has personally pushed under the state’s unconstitutional anti-sodomy law overturned because he demanded that it be prosecuted under that law. Cuccinelli claims that the anti-sodomy law is actually an “Anti-Child Predators Law”, which it is not. The case that he prosecuted under it was of an underage girl who was in a sexual relationship with a man many years her elder.
In March, the Federal Courts struck down the anti-sodomy law after Cuccinelli pushed the case of a 47-year-old man soliciting sex from a 17-year-old girl. The act was not a private sexual act, and the age of consent in Virginia is 18. So, rather than prosecuting it under statutory rape or prostitution, as any competent attorney general would have, he used the anti-sodomy law which was rendered defunct back in 2003 under the decision Lawrence v. Texas.
In April, Cuccinelli appealed to the Appellate Court, which refused him, and in June, he appealed to the US Supreme Court, which has not said anything about it, but are unlikely to take up the case given the recent rulings regarding the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8.
Well, now, Cuccinelli is trying to make this a campaign issue. He has created the site www.vachildpredators.com which claims that there are some 90 “sexual predators” who could be let off of the state’s sex offender registry if the Supreme Court doesn’t reinstate the anti-sodomy laws across the country. Cuccinelli is also using the site to attack his gubernatorial opponent Terry McAuliffe claiming that McAuliffe wants to play politics rather than protect children.
McAuliffe’s campaign responded through spokesman Josh Schwerin saying “Everyone supports strong laws to protect children and, like most Virginians, Terry believes our laws should be updated to both conform with court rulings and allow prosecution of predators. As he admitted as recently as 2009, Ken Cuccinelli is one of the only elected officials in America who believes that being gay should result in criminal prosecution and jail time. Cuccinelli’s refusal to support a mainstream legislative update to Virginia laws reflects his extreme agenda and uncompromising approach.”
Back in 2009, Cuccinelli told a newspaper that “My view is that homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but 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 (to put it politely; I need my thesaurus to be polite) behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society.”
In trying to push the law, Cuccinelli is not only wasting taxpayer dollars, but reminding Virginians of his reactionary views on social issues at a time when the economy of Virginia is still suffering. It will also remind Virginians that it was Cuccinelli who refused to allow for the amending of the law to bring it into compliance with the Lawrence v. Texas ruling. Cuccinelli blocked the attempt to remove from the law any mention of the private sexual actions of consenting adults.
Simply, Cuccinelli wants to make it a criminal offense again to be gay, or at the very least, to be a married heterosexual couple engaging in non-procreative sexual acts.