Cuccinelli and ‘Crimes Against Nature’

Cuccinelli and ‘Crimes Against Nature’ April 8, 2013

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, now running for governor of that state and a rising star on the Christian right, is asking the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to grant an en banc rehearing and uphold the constitutionality of their anti-sodomy law, which was struck down by the Supreme Court’s Lawrence v Texas ruling in 2003.

The case involves a 47 year old man who solicited oral sex from teenage girls who were over the age of consent, which meant they could not prosecute him under the statutory rape laws. So they tried to prosecute him instead under the sodomy laws, which forbid all oral or anal sex between consenting adults, whether they are of the same gender or opposite genders. A three judge appeals court panel ruled that this law could not be applied because of Lawrence, which is the right ruling. But here’s the punchline:

The campaign of Virginia state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli won’t say if he’s committed any crimes against nature.

That’s what the Virginia law calls oral and anal sex, crimes against nature. If Cuccinelli has ever gotten a blowjob, he has committed the very same crime against nature that he now wants to convict someone else of committing. But I’m sure he hasn’t. After all, that would make him a hypocrite.


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