Virginia Republican’s Effort To Criminalize Sodomy And Oral Sex Rejected By Supreme Court

Photo of the VA Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

This VA Republican isn’t having a very good month. SCOTUS destroyed his dream of an anal and oral sex-free world. Plus, his bid for governor’s going badly. Photo of the VA Republican, and Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, from Wikipedia.

Ken Cuccinelli, the VA Republican running for governor, is obsessed with outlawing sodomy and oral sex in his state. The Supreme Court struck down anti-sodomy laws in 2003. But — driven by his conservative ideology — Cuccinelli refuses to let his dream die. His efforts reached a dead end on Monday, when the Supreme Court basically told the VA Republican to go f**k himself.

SCOTUS brings the hammer down on the VA Republican’s sodomy obsession.

In March, the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the state using anti-sodomy laws to prosecute cases involving minors. But Cuccinelli wants the law exempted from their 2003 ruling. He appealed to the Supreme Court, but they rejected the case on Monday. Thus ends Cuccinelli’s quest to outlaw oral sex and sodomy.

Ken Cuccinelli’s Law Would Outlaw Sodomy And Oral Sex Among Consenting Adults.

The VA Republican’s now-invalid law is known as the “Crimes Against Nature Act.” Here’s the part that outlaws oral sex and sodomy between consenting adults:

“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.”

Cuccinelli claims his law only applies to minors. But the wording clearly applies to all people engaging in oral or anal sex, including adults. The VA Republican unveiled a website for this law in July, and admitted he planned to put it back on the books. Virginia’s legislature had a chance to change the law and conform to SCOTUS’ 2003 ruling, but Cuccinelli blocked those changes. He clearly wanted to keep the law intact, in hopes of one day arresting consenting couples, especially same-sex couples. Was Cuccinelli trying to pull a fast one on the court system, and fool them into reinstating anti-sodomy laws across the nation? If so, his ploy didn’t work.

A Setback For The VA Republican’s bid for governor.

Ken Cuccinelli isn’t having a very good October. On top of having his dreams of a world without oral and anal sex stolen from him, he’s under fire for his close relationship with GOP Senator Ted Cruz, who helped instigate the unpopular government shutdown. He’s also in trouble because of a recent ad from his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe, which provides damning evidence of Cuccinelli’s role in shutting down the government. This unfortunate series of events mean bad news for the VA Republican’s political aspirations. Americans do not approve of the shutdown, like delusional Republicans thought they would. In fact, Americans overwhelmingly blame the GOP. This, combined with the Supreme Court’s decision, puts Virginia more in play for Democrats than ever before.

But which ever direction the governor’s race goes, at least consenting adults in Virginia won’t have to worry about Republicans regulating what they do in their own bedrooms.