“My view is that homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but homosexual acts are wrong,” said Virginia’s attorney general Ken Cuccinelli II, before he took the job. “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.” At the time, even the Washington Post branded him as a bigot. And that’s exactly what we should be doing now, with him working so hard to strip LGBT discrimination protection from Virginia’s state schools.
What’s more horrifying than Cuccinelli’s stance are his political aspirations: He’s great friends with Virginia’s noted anti-gay Gov. Bob McDonnell, and we don’t see his AG seat as the pinnacle of his career.
But we need only hear from a University of Virginia student to understand why Cuccinelli’s stripping of anti-discrimination measures for queers is putrid. So let’s. This is Chris Trizna, currently in his third year: “When I applied to the University of Virginia three years ago, I cautiously wrote on my entrance essay about the most formative experience in my life: coming out as a gay teenager. While I knew I was taking a risk, I felt reassured by the fact that the University of Virginia included sexual orientation in its nondiscrimination policy. But now Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has made it very clear that he hopes Virginia universities will abolish that protection. According to The Post, Christopher Freund, a spokesman for the Family Foundation, said, ‘I find it hard to believe that this would be the final straw in whether or not someone’s going to come to Virginia’s universities.’ Believe it. I can say without a shred of doubt that if I had no protection as a sexual minority, I would not be attending U-Va. as a third-year student.”
This man is a stain on public office, and does not understand that his job is to uphold the Constitution, not turn it into a punchline.