Republican hypocrisy on sex is so tiring. I’d written yesterday about Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, and his ongoing effort to make it a felony for adults, straight and gay, married and single, to give or receive oral sex in the privacy of their own bedroom.
Today we’re asking: If Ken Cuccinelli is so hot on banning sodomy between consenting adults – and remember kids, sodomy includes anal and oral sex, straight and gay, giving and receiving – then it’s long past time for someone ask Mr. Cuccinelli if he’s ever gone down on his wife.
Cuccinelli goes down in the annals of repressed Republican history along with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who famously decried in 2003 that states were losing their ability to ban masturbation.
Yes, when the Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that states could no longer ban sodomy between consenting adults in the privacy of their own bedroom, GOP Justice Scalia bemoaned the fact that this might mean the end of state bans on masturbation.
State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity are likewise sustainable only in light of Bowers’ validation of laws based on moral choices. Every single one of these laws is called into question by today’s decision; the Court makes no effort to cabin the scope of its decision to exclude them from its holding.
How does Republican rising star Cuccinelli feel about masturbation? Pro or con? Does it depend on the style?
This isn’t a “cute” gotcha point. GOPer Cuccinelli wants to make it a felony for all adults, straight and gay, married and single, to perform or receive oral and anal sex. And we’re to believe that Ken Cuccinelli has never received a BJ? Really? And that’s he’s never gone down on a woman? Really? If he has, it’s a felony (in the Virginia law the Supreme Court struck down, but Mr. Cuccinelli wants to resurrect – so morally, in his book, it’s a felony).
Has Ken Cuccinelli ever participated in this felony? Will Ken Cuccinelli vow never to feloniously fellate again?
Inquiring heart and minds, and mouths and loins, want to know.
I’m taken back to a few years ago – 2006 in fact – when we sic’d our readers on members of Congress who were the biggest “defenders of traditional marriage” to make sure they were defending their marriage against sodomy, since traditional marriages don’t commit the felony of sodomy.
Good morning, Senator Allen’s office
Yes I’m calling to see if the senator supports traditional marriage.
Yes he does, he supports the bill.
Okay, and he’s divorced?
Uh (uncomfortably) yes sir.
(she quickly adds) But he’s remarried.
What was the cause of his divorce? Do you know the reason? Is his wife remarried?
I don’t know, it was a long time ago sir.
Okay, could you tell me if the senator masturbates?
I’m sorry, I can’t answer these questions.
Can you tell me, do you masturbate?
Is Senator Crapo in favor of traditional marriage?
Yes he is, he’s a cosponsor of the bill.
He is? Can you tell me if he masturbates?
I could not tell you that.
Can you tell me, do you masturbate?
I cannot tell you that either.
Can you tell me, does he commit sodomy, analingus, cunnilingus or fellatio?
What is the purpose of this questioning?
It’s regarding his views on traditional marriage.
Okay, he supports the bill.
Yes, but could you tell me does he commit sodomy?
I could not give you an answer on that.
Is he willing to pledge that he has not or will not commit sodomy?
I could not answer that.
Has he ever had sex before or outside of marriage?
Again, sir, what is the point of this questioning?
It’s regarding traditional marriage and how far his support goes.
Any one of those questions I could not answer.
Have you ever had sex outside of marriage?
Again, I will not answer that.
It’s nobody’s business, right?
Okay, thank you.
Here’s Lawrence O’Donnell with the same question (h/t Badash):
“So when the Republican candidate for governor finds himself in a campaign debate, is it not reasonable to ask him if he has violated that law that he supports?”
And Lawrence O’Donnell makes an especially important point in the video: Cuccinelli opposed changing the sodomy law to exempt consenting adults in their privacy of their own bedroom. So he made this an issue. Let him answer the question.
And in order to cleanse the palate after all this talk of Ken Cuccinelli performing cunnilingus on, and/or receiving fellatio from, his wife, here’s a puppy because cute:
— Cute Emergency (@CuteEmergency) July 17, 2013