Ken Cuccinelli Loses Bid to Re-Ban Sodomy

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Oct. 8 2013 4:03 PM

Ken Cuccinelli Loses Bid to Re-Ban Sodomy

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Fun-loving Ken Cuccinelli

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Perverts rejoice! And by "perverts," I mean pretty much all of you, at least according to national statisticsKen Cuccinelli lost the final round in his attempts to get the state of Virginia to ban all the oral and anal sex you've been having. As attorney general of Virginia, Cuccinelli—now the Republican nominee for governor in the state—tried to reinstate a law banning oral and anal sex, even though such laws were found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2003. On Monday, the Supreme Court politely denied his petition to hear a case to reinstate the law. They did not tell him where he could shove his request, but no matter what orifice he chooses, it remains legal in the state of Virginia. 

Cuccinelli may be an anti-sex fanatic, but he is not a total idiot. He's seen charts like this one from the CDC that shows where the voters stand on the "is oral sex cool?" issue. 

That's why he insistently explained that his only intention with this law was to prosecute grown adults who have sex with young people between the age 16 (the age of consent in Virginia) and some undetermined age but he'd like you to believe it's 18. Unfortunately for Cuccinelli, a lot of people find him untrustworthy when it comes to his claims that he's cool with that sex stuff you people are having, due a number of indications from his past that he really is not. That, and Cuccinelli killed an attempt to rewrite the law so that consenting adults would be exempt. 

Cuccinelli is falling behind in the polls. His opponent, Terry McAuliffe, is up 24 points with female voters. Cuccinelli is still ahead with male voters, causing one to wonder why male voters in Virginia are so cavalier about their right to go downtown if they want to. 

Amanda Marcotte is a Brooklyn-based writer and DoubleX contributor. She also writes regularly for the Daily Beast, AlterNet, and USA Today. Follow her on Twitter.

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