#1- Attorney General Cuccinelli's vindictive website is up, I refuse to link to it from this blog but anyone that is interested can find it from this article.
#2- Watch MSNBC's Larry O'Donnell dissect the Virginia Sodomy/Crimes Against Nature Statute and Cuccinelli's misleading and false claims.
It's a shame Mr. O'Donnell did not go into how the 90 RSO's would not "just be removed from the Virginia Sex Offender Registry" as claimed on Cuccinelli's new website and to the media. It would take each and everyone of them filing a habeas corpus which would have to go through the courts and we've all seen the Norfolk 4's denial on that. Cuccinelli's claim that these 90 Virginians are just going to be released from the registry is completely false and he knows it. But hype and fear is what incenses the public and wins elections!
Ever since Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli began his Federal challenge (see article below) to keep Virginia’s anti-sodomy statute I’ve been saying the Virginia General Assembly could have fixed the issue of adults and minors engaging in oral or anal sex by changing the verbiage in the statute years ago. But NO the Commonwealth must be perceived as conservative, as anti ANY sex that isn’t “regular” and if it looks like the state is anti-homosexual, well that’s a bonus!
When Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II challenged a federal appeals court ruling that deemed the state’s anti-sodomy law unconstitutional, Democrats pounced, accusing the Republican of pursuing an anti-gay agenda.
Now Cuccinelli’s campaign for governor is looking to turn the tables on opponent Terry McAuliffe, casting it as an issue of protecting children from predators and pushing the Democratic gubernatorial nominee to take a side.
Cuccinelli’s campaign is launching a Web site Wednesday that shows 90
McAuliffe, the site says, is “playing politics instead of protecting our children.”
The Cuccinelli offensive comes as Democrats continue their efforts to portray the Republican nominee as an overzealous conservative advocate on social issues such as abortion, women’s health and gay rights. McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin said the sodomy case was another example of Cuccinelli’s “extreme agenda and uncompromising approach.”
“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,”
The debate stems from a March ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that said Virginia’s “Crimes Against Nature” law, which bans oral and anal sex, was invalid in light of the 2003 Supreme Court decision. The ruling centered on a 2005 case in which a 47-year-old man was convicted of soliciting oral sex from a 17-year-old girl.
Cuccinelli took the issue to the full 15-judge appellate court in April and in June asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case, saying the Virginia law “is not — and cannot be — used against consenting adults acting in private.”
Rusty McGuire, the
“He said, ‘I don’t know anything about that. . . . I’ll get back to you tomorrow,’ ” recalled McGuire, a Republican who is backing Cuccinelli in the governor’s race. “Crickets is all I’ve heard since then.”
McGuire said the court ruling was disastrous because it also undermined several other
“We agree with the attorney general and do not want child predators out there,” Parrish said, adding that if Cuccinelli thinks the state’s other laws aren’t adequate to prosecute predators, “he needs to introduce language that addresses the problem. . . . A blanket sodomy law has no place in
In 2004, when Cuccinelli served in the state Senate, he voted against a measure that would have altered the sodomy law to no longer cover private consensual acts among adults. In 2009, he said he believed “homosexual acts are wrong and should not be accommodated in government policy.”
Ben Pershing has covered Congress for The Washington Post since January 2008, previously authoring the “Capitol Briefing” blog and anchoring “The Political Browser” aggregation page. He currently focuses on covering the Congressional delegations from Maryland, Virginia and the District. Before joining the Post, he spent 10 years as a reporter and editor at the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. A Los Angeles native, Pershing is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. firstname.lastname@example.org