Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who is also the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate, is upset with that Supreme Court ruling and wants to overturn it. No, not DOMA. Sodomy laws. Yes, Cuccinelli is upset about the decade-old ruling that made sodomy laws unconstitutional and has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to let Virginia bring the law back.
The ostensible reason for Cuccinelli’s request is a ruling by a federal district court that stuck down Virginia’s “crimes against nature” statute. (Just to be clear: “crimes against nature” in Virginia means oral and anal sex. There are a lot of criminals on the loose in the state.) The ruling came in the case of a 47-year-old man who was convicted of soliciting oral sex from a 17-year-old girl. The court said that the state could pass a law that forbid oral sex between an adult and a minor, but Cuccinelli wants the old law, which can be used to prosecute consenting adults. Like gay and lesbian consenting adults.
Of course, Cuccinelli says he would never, ever do such a terrible thing. However, this is also the man who said, “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.” In other words, break the natural law and there should be consequences. Like, maybe, jail.
The odds against Cuccinelli getting the old law back are pretty slim. But it is a measure of his commitment to the old order that he’s willing to spend state funds on the effort. Voters get their chance to express their opinion of it all in November.