Virginia’s Attorney General, Republican Ken Cuccinelli is facing a tough opponent in Democratic entrepreneur Terry McAuliffe. Most of you will remember Cucinelli for his recent stand to keep Virginia’s Crimes Against Nature Law reinstated after it was vacated in an ACLU lawsuit, by the State Supreme Court . The ACLU suit said:
“The Virginia law – which, among other provisions, prohibits all oral sex regardless of the gender or marital status of the persons involved – violates the right of privacy guaranteed by the Virginia Constitution.”
After the US Supreme Court refused to hear Cuccinelli’s argument to keep the law in place, his support of such laws became a pivotal argument in the Virginia gubernatorial election. The law itself was long used as an excuse to discriminate against gay and lesbian Virginians. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, state legislators repeatedly attempted to amend the Crimes Against Nature law to exclude oral and anal between consenting adults, or to at least reduce crimes from felony to misdemeanor. Cuccinelli has repeatedly sided with Christian right wing groups against efforts to change the wording of the law to exclude sexual acts between consenting adults.
“Vice-President Joe Biden, in an AP piece published yesterday exploded on Cuccinelli, calling him the, “loudest voice in America” opposing women’s access to health care. He called Virginia a bellwether for the nation, calling the bitter race to replace outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell a major fight between the new face of progress in the U.S. and the “faces of the new Republican tea party.” “A tea party whose social recidivism is outdone only by its hostility to science and technology, innovation and scholarship,” Biden said, “led by a candidate whose views on women – you know them well – but I think it’s fair to say are from another era.”
Also, according to the AP story:
“Biden likened Cuccinelli to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican whose vehement opposition to Obama’s health care law has become a White House headache, saying the attorney general and his tea party brethren were “the antithesis of change and progress.”
Tonight, I’m sticking by my TV to keep an eye on this race. It promises to be a historic bell-weather event.