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USA, Virginia: Sore Loser Ken Cuccinelli Issued Anti-Gay Marriage Opinion in Final Days

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Virginia Attorney General Ken CuccinelliTaking one final stab at the LGBT community before leaving office, Virginia gubernatorial loser Ken Cuccinelli issued a pair of nonbonding opinions against marriage equality, benefits for gays, and restrictions on abortion.

The Pilot Online reports:

During his final days as attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli released a pair of nonbinding opinions that can be read as legal arguments against Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s campaign pledges to fight for gay rights and undo abortion restrictions.

In one, Cuccinelli, who lost to McAuliffe in the 2013 governor’s race, says a governor can’t order state officials to permit legally married gay couples to file joint Virginia tax returns because the state bans same-sex marriage and formal recognition of it. The other asserts that a governor lacks authority to “issue a policy directive to suspend a regulation that was properly adopted pursuant to a statutory mandate.” It appears to target intended protections for gay state employees and efforts to invalidate strict licensing rules for abortion clinics.

You almost have to admire Cuccinelli’s pure dickishness – he stuck with his bigotry until the bitter end.

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USA, Virginia: 56% of Likely Voters Oppose Marriage Equality Ban

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

A new poll finds that a majority of Virginia voters are opposed to the ban on same-sex marriage.

WTOP reports:

The poll finds that 56 percent of likely voters questioned oppose the ban on same sex marriage, compared to 36 percent who favor it. Virginia voters approved the ban in 2006, adding it to the state’s Constitution. Two lawsuits have been filed since then challenging the ban. The Republican candidate for governor, Ken Cuccinelli, supports the prohibition on gay marriage and is defending the amendment as attorney general. His opponent Democrat Terry McAuliffe wants it repealed.

titleIf McAuliffe gets elected, is there a chance for a marriage equality bill next year?

In related news, Ted Olson, one of the two main attorneys in the prop 8 case, made a donation to Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign last month.

The Washington Blade reports:

A campaign finance report that Cuccinelli filed with the Virginia State Board of Elections on Tuesday noted former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson gave $1,000 to Cuccinelli’s campaign on Sept. 3. Olson, who served in the position under then-President George W. Bush from 2001-2004, contributed to Cuccinelli’s campaign less than a month before the American Foundation for Equal Rights announced that lawyers representing Timothy Bostic and Tony London of Norfolk and Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Richmond asked him and David Boies to join their case.

It’s not a big surprise, given Olson’s well-known conservative leanings, but it is disappointing to see him giving money to such an anti-gay candidate.

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USA, Virginia: US Supreme Court Will Not Hear Case to preserve Sodomy Law

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Virginia Attorney General Ken CuccinelliSome late breaking news here – the US Supreme Court has just turned down Ken Cuccinelli’s attempt to preserve the state’s law against “sodomy”.

Joe.My.God reports:

The US Supreme Court today refused to hear the appeal of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who lost an earlier suit to reinstate the ban on sodomy. The high court on Monday refused to hear from Virginia state officials who wanted to get the state’s ban on oral and anal sex reinstated. In March, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond declared Virginia’s law unconstitutional.

As Joe comments: “Suck it, Cooch. No, really. It’s legal.”

USA, Virginia: AG Cuccinelli Files Brief in Marriage Equality Case

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Virginia Attorney General Ken CuccinelliThe state of Virginia just filed its first legal brief in the marriage equality lawsuit there. It follows familiar right-wing dogma about marriage.

Think Progress reports:

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli (R) is charged with defending Virginia’s bans on same-sex marriage from various lawsuits, and his office has filed its first defense brief. Cuccinelli has a long history of anti-gay viewpoints, which his brief unsurprisingly reflects. Like many anti-equality briefs filed before it, the state of Virginia argues that marriage should be specially reserved for opposite-sex couples because only they can procreate:

Traditional marriage is the institution that provides the greatest likelihood that both biological parents will nurture and raise the children they beget, and it is rational to consider this to be optimal for children and society at large. Marriage links potentially procreative sexual activity with child rearing by biological parents. Through civil recognition of marriage, society channels sexual desires capable of producing children into stable unions that will raise those children in the circumstances that may rationally be viewed as having been proven optimal.

Yes, optimal for right wing candidates who rely on a conservative base to get elected.

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USA, Virginia: Gubernatorial Candidates Debate Marriage Equality

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffeAt their debate last night, Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli debated marriage equality among other things.

The Washington Blade reports:

“I do have some tremendous challenges because of the issues of economic development, job creation that I need to focus on, but I have come out for marriage equality,” McAuliffe said, noting the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ prompted him and his wife to back the issue. “The idea we could send men and women across the globe to fight for us and then they come back and they don’t have the same equal opportunities and equal rights I just think was plain wrong.” McAuliffe added he would sign a same-sex marriage bill if one were to reach his desk.

“I understand and respect the fact that this is a sensitive issue to a lot of Virginians,” Cuccinelli said. “But I’m one of those who do believe that the institution of marriage should remain between one man and one woman.”

No big surprises here, but it’s nice to see McAuliffe continued to stand up for marriage equality.

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USA, Virginia: Supreme Court Won’t Put Stay on Sodomy Law Ruling

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Virginia Attorney General Ken CuccinelliVirginia Gubernatorial Candidate ken Cuccinelli’s attempt to keep the state’s illegal sodomy law took another blow yesterday. The Washington Blade reports:

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that a lower court ruling overturning the state’s sodomy law be put on hold while the Supreme Court decides whether to hear Cuccinelli’s appeal. Roberts, acting on behalf of the full court, did not issue an explanation for his denial of the request for a stay of a decision in March by the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond that declared Virginia’s Crimes Against Nature, or sodomy law, unconstitutional. Cuccinelli asked the high court to put a stay on the Fourth Circuit ruling shortly after he filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to hear his appeal of the ruling. The high court was expected to decide later this year or early next year whether to hear the case.

The law was invalidated in 2003 by the US Supreme Court in the Bowers v. Hardwick case, but the Cooch insists on keeping Virginia’s law on the books.

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USA, Virginia: Gay Couple Sues for Marriage Equality; Cuccinelli Affirms Opposition

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

A couple new stories out of the Old Dominion today. First off, a gay couple is suing the state for marriage equality. reports:

After being denied a marriage license earlier this month, a gay couple from Virginia has now filed a federal lawsuit that challenges that state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The suit is a first of its kind and follows an announcement from the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia who are currently preparing a similar lawsuit… The Virginian-Pilot reports: “They thought about getting married in another state, but decided against it,” said Robert Ruloff, an attorney for London, a Norfolk real estate agent, and Bostic, an Old Dominion University assistant professor of English. “They are Virginians and they want to be married in Virginia.”

Virginia Attorney General Ken CuccinelliMeanwhile, gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has reiterated his opposition to all things gay. The Washington Blade reports:

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Saturday said his belief that same-sex acts are “against nature and are harmful to society” have not changed. “My personal beliefs about the personal challenge of homosexuality haven’t changed,” the Republican gubernatorial candidate said in response to a question from the PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff during a debate she moderated between him and former Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe that took place at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.

Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffeBy contrast, his opponent, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, fully supports marriage equality:

McAuliffe, who publicly backed marriage rights for gays and lesbians in February, said during the debate that the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ prompted him and his wife Dorothy to evolve on the issue. He also said he would sign a same-sex marriage bill into law if one were to reach his desk, although he conceded it would likely not happen. “We all know the practical realities,” McAuliffe said, noting there are only 32 Democrats in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates. “[A same-sex marriage ban is] now in our constitution.”

Recent polling suggests that between 50% and 55% of Virginians now support marriage equality.

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Virginia, USA: AG Ken Cuccinelli to Speak at Anti Marriage Equality Rally Friday

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The Washington Blade has learned Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is scheduled to speak at a rally against same-sex marriage at a Manassas church on Friday.

“He will be addressing the summit at 6 p.m. in Manassas,” said Cuccinelli’s spokesperson, Brian Gottstein, in response to questions about the upcoming gathering at Reconciliation Community Church. “Since the marriage amendment is the law in Virginia, the attorney general was asked to speak about it.”

The Manassas event is the latest of a series of rallies and other gatherings scheduled to take place across the commonwealth on Friday during what organizers have dubbed the Marriage Protection Virginia Bus Tour.

Authored By Michael K. Lavers – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Virginia: AG Fires Law Firm That Dropped DOMA Defense Case

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Virginia AG Ken KuccinelliVirginia’s Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, says he has terminated that states relationship with King & Spalding, the Atlanta law firm that suddenly dropped the U.S. House of Representatives Defense of Marriage Act defense case.

Earlier this month, Speaker John Boehner hired the law firm to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, after the Obama Administration refused to do so saying they believed to be unconstitutional.

K&S then came under incredible pressure to pull out by LGBT rights groups.

Full Story from Lez Get Real

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VA: New GOP Attorney General Tries to Scrap Gay Protections at Universities

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Virginia’s public colleges and universities do not have the legal authority to protect gays against discrimination, the state’s attorney general has ruled. In a letter to the presidents and governing boards of the schools, Ken Cuccinelli said Thursday the institutions had “acted without proper authority” in adopting rules regarding sexual orientation. Such rules were “invalid,” he said, because the state legislature had repeatedly rejected attempts to incorporate into state law language that would protect homosexuals from discrimination.

The Republican official, who took office in January, advised the boards of each college “to take appropriate actions to bring their policies in conformance with the law and public policy of Virginia.”

Cuccinelli noted that sexual orientation is not among the protected classes listed in the Virginia Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, or disability.

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