Target: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
Goal: End candidate’s attempts to make oral and anal sex in Virginia illegal.
Virginia Attorney General and Republican nominee for Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election Ken Cuccinelli has launched a new campaign website that highlights his efforts to reinstate Virginia’s Crimes Against Nature law. The unconstitutional law makes it a felony for even consenting married couples to engage in oral or anal sex in the privacy of their own homes. The law was effectively struck down by federal courts.
Cuccinelli’s site identifies 90 people identified as “sexual predators” in Virginia who have been charged under the Crimes Against Nature law since the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in 2003 that held that states could not ban private, non-commercial sexual relations between consenting adults. Cuccinelli attempts to instill fear with his website, claiming that these 90 offenders “could come off Virginia’s sex offender registry if a Virginia law used to protect children is not upheld.” While it is true that child predators have been charged under the Crimes Against Nature law, it is hardly the only tool Virginia prosecutors have to process and charge child predators.
Cuccinelli claims that the law “is only applied to sodomy committed against minors, against non-consenting adults, or in public,” however this specific language can not be found in the actual text of the law, which is broad and makes a felony out of any acts of oral or anal sex.
The truth behind Cuccinelli’s motives for reinstating the Crimes Against Nature act can be found in an interview he did in 2009. Cuccinelli explains why he wants to put restrictions on the sex lives of consenting adults by saying: “My view is that homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but homosexual acts are wrong. They’re intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law based country it’s appropriate to have policies that reflect that. … They don’t comport with natural law.”
Banning oral and anal sex and labeling them as felony acts stigmatizes and marginalizes members of the LGBT community. It also creates a sex-negative society for everyone. The state has no right to place restrictions on sex and sexuality if it is between consenting adults. Sign the petition below to tell Cuccinelli to remove his website full of untruthful information about the Crimes Against Nature law and its intent. Demand that the attorney general not exploit fear with his assertions on the law during his campaign.
Dear Ken Cuccinelli,
Your new campaign website that highlights your efforts to reinstate Virginia’s Crimes Against Nature law is intentionally misleading. The law, which makes it a felony for even consenting married couples to engage in oral or anal sex in the privacy of their own homes, is clearly unconstitutional, as the Supreme Court decided in 2003 that states can not ban private, non-commercial sexual relations between consenting adults.
You claim that the law is essential to prosecuting child predators, but prosecutors have many tools beyond the Crimes Against Nature law to do so. There is no language about minors or consent in the actual text of the law, so your assertion that it is “only applied to sodomy committed against minors, against non-consenting adults, or in public” is untrue.
The reality is that this law is an attempt to stigmatize homosexuality. Do not deceive the people of Virginia with your campaign based on fear and lies. Remove the website and halt all present and future efforts to garner support for the Crimes Against Nature law.
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