The Virginia governor’s race increasingly seems to be a race to the bottom, with both candidates become more and more partisan in their public platforms. Republican candidate and current Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli seems to be winning that fight this week at least, with the launch of his new anti-sodomy website, www.vachildpredators.com. The site claims that 90 sexual predators will be removed from Virginia’s sex offender registry if “a Virginia law used to protect children is not upheld.”
The law being referenced in this case is the “Crimes Against Nature” statute, which reads: “If any person carnally knows in any manner any brute animal, or carnally knows any male or female person by the anus or by or with the mouth, or voluntarily submits to such carnal knowledge, he or she shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony…”
Back in April, this law was taken to the Virginia Supreme Court, where it was held to be unconstitutional. Ever since, Cuccinelli has been waging an aggressive campaign to get the law back on the books, going so far as to appeal the Virginia Courts ruling to the federal Supreme Court back in June.
In the 2003 federal Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, anti-sodomy laws throughout the United States were invalidated based on the premise hat the government has no place to dictate what kind of activities consenting adults could engage in within the privacy of their own bedrooms. Unfortunately for Virginians, Cuccinelli seems to be very interested in what you are doing with your alone time.
While the Cuccinelli campaign maintains that its desire to uphold the “Crimes Against Nature” law is to protect children from sexual predators, the fact remains that there already are strict laws on the Virginia books banning sexual contact of all varieties with children. The statute in question in this case forbids anal and oral sex among adults.
In 2009, Cuccinelli told the Virginian Pilot, “ 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.”
With the first Virginia Gubernatorial debate scheduled for this Saturday, July 20th, it will be interesting to see if Cuccinelli’s frankly prudish sexual views will come into play. That would be a debate I would want to see.