The day before the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli submitted legislation to the Supreme Court to uphold a state law that criminalizes oral and anal sex. According to the Huffington Post, Cuccinelli’s petition bans oral and anal sex between minors and adults; these acts fell under the “crimes against nature” statute pre-March 2013.
The goal of Cuccinelli’s petition is to persuade the court to reverse a ruling it made in March. According to the Huffington Post, “Cuccinelli wants the court to reconsider a March 2013 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals. The 4th Circuit ruled that the law did not pass muster in light of the Supreme Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision, which struck down the latter state’s anti-sodomy law as an unconstitutional criminalization of Americans’ sexual conduct. The Virginia law, however, remained on the books.”
Throughout this campaign, Cuccinelli has proudly displayed his record of prosecuting criminals and is currently using this petition as an example of his ability and dedication to fight crime. According to the Huffington Post Cuccinelli’s office claims, “under the 4th Circuit’s decision, 90 ‘sexual predators’ could be eligible to be freed from the state’s sexual offender registry and noted the number of such persons in each region of the state.” For more on this story please read the Huffington Post.