GOP Virginia gubernatorial nominee Cuccinelli’s ongoing effort to ban BJs

Someone clearly needs a hug.  Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, the current state attorney general, is running for governor on a platform of banning oral and anal sex between adults.

Cuccinelli says such laws are necessary in order to stop child predators from sexually assaulting children.

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Now, you might ask, why does Ken Cuccinelli need to make it illegal for adult men and women to perform oral sex on each other in the privacy of their own bedrooms in order to protect children?

Answer: Because Republicans in the state legislature, the Virginia General Assembly, have refused for ten years to pass a law protecting kids in the state.

Here’s the deal. In 2003, the US Supreme Court struck down state anti-sodomy laws (laws that made oral and anal sex between consenting adults illegal), which were mostly being used against gay couples.  In Virginia, anti-sodomy laws were also being used, among other things, against child molesters.  But those laws were struck down in 2003 by the Supreme Court, a good ten years ago.  So for the past ten years, what did the Virginia General Assembly, which was mostly controlled by Republicans the past decade, do to ensure that the rape of children was again against the law in Virginia?

Nothing.

In the decade since Lawrence v. Texas struck down Virginia’s anti-sodomy law, the Virginia General Assembly – which has been under GOP control collectively for 18 years, and Democratic control for 4 (if you add the state House and Senate together) – just never bothered to figure out if there was another way to make it illegal for grown men to rape small children, other than banning consulting adults from performing oral sex on each other in their own bedrooms.

So, the law was sat struck down, and now people like Cuccinelli, rather than simply asking the Republicans who currently control the Virginia House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate to pass a law, you know, making it illegal to have sex with children, wants to instead make it illegal again for adults to have sex with each other.

Next on the Cuccinelli chopping block? (Paul Matthew Photography / Shutterstock.com)

Next on the Cuccinelli chopping block? (Paul Matthew Photography / Shutterstock.com)

And keep in mind: Cuccinelli is himself the attorney general of Virginia. The top law enforcement official.  He, if anyone, was the lead person in the state responsible for making sure that children are protected from sexual predators.  What did Ken Cuccinelli do to get his own party to pass a law specifically protecting children from rape?  Nothing.

What’s going on here is that the Virginia Republican party, like the national GOP, is so hell-bent on hating gays – Cuccinelli has led his own personal jihad against gays for years – and hell-bent on hating sex generally, that they didn’t want to pass a new sodomy law that didn’t ban oral sex between consenting adults.

Had the Virginia GOP passed a law banning sex with children, they’d be tacitly saying that sex between adults, including gay adults, was okay.  And the Virginia Republican party is so uptight, so intolerant, and so discriminatory, that they couldn’t bring themselves to pass a law banning child-rape, lest the absence of language banning consensual sex between adults gave a silent nod to the notion that it’s okay for adults, straight and gay, to have sex, be it oral or any other kind.

So, as a result, the Republican party of Virginia is on a jihad to ban all BJs in the state, straight and gay.

Welcome to today’s Republican party.


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  • Butch1

    Ha! Good point.

  • UncleBucky

    Could be… LOL!

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ zorbear

    when did priests stop having sex?
    /snark

  • Butch1

    Perhaps this sick man who is so fixated on gay sex should become a missionary instead. He wants to only be able to have one type of sex and that can only be in the missionary position.

    I am so sick of this type of person sticking his big nose into the private lives of others and deciding what kind of sex we can and cannot have. Because his own sex life is so damn boring doesn’t mean that the rest of ours need be the same way.

    Let this catholic man become a priest instead and just stop having sex all together and leave the rest of us alone. The man is sick and needs to get out of a position where he can make laws. He’s wasting a lot of people’s time and money doing unconstitutional stuff like this. He needs to be thrown out of office.

  • andyou

    I don’t mean to sound dense, but isn’t that what John is doing?

    He wrote: “Republicans in the state legislature, the Virginia
    General Assembly, have refused for ten years to pass a law protecting
    kids in the state….So for the past ten years, what did the Virginia General Assembly,
    which was mostly controlled by Republicans the past decade, do to ensure
    that the rape of children was again against the law in Virginia?”

    “Nothing.”

    The implication is someone could get away with raping a child in Virginia because there’s no law against it. But if there are other laws that address this issue, what is John’s criticism?

    Cuccinelli’s obsession with banning sodomy is pathetic and should be ridiculed, but in terms of children not being protected, I’d don’t understand John’s point.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    He’d rather Stalin progress in Virginia.

  • samizdat

    OH, GOD, MY EYES!

  • rmthunter

    No, there are other laws on the books that can be used to prosecute child molesters. It’s just Cuccinelli throwing red meat to the base.

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    As for the anti-sodomy laws… Cuccinelli and McDonnell would be
    happy to take Virginia back to colonial law if they could. As long as
    they can continue to line their own pockets at the tax payer’s expense.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    uggggg

  • Beau Siegelaub

    Why doesn’t Cuccinnell move to Russia?

  • Whitewitch

    Thank you Monoceros Forth….

  • andyou

    Are you saying that if a child is raped in Virginia, the law is helpless to prosecute the rapist because there’s no law making child rape illegal. I find that hard to believe.

  • Jim Olson

    What has been seen cannot be unseen. Thanks.

  • Jim Olson

    I volunteer for the public protest. ;)

  • John Masters

    And if you think cooch is bad, take a good look at this Lt. Governor running mate.

  • John Masters

    The father and mother of that concept was Jesse Helms…formerly of North Carolina, now he of a special place in hell. He’s the guy who invented the concept, and perfected it.

  • Thom Allen

    Here’s some additional info on the Cooch that includes some of his other nefarious deeds besides his anti-sodomy crusade: http://coochwatch.com/index.php/why-watch-the-cooch/

  • benb

    Cuccinelli better hope that no one comes forward to talk about his past encounters.

  • tedhayes

    Just ain’t gettin’ any, eh? Ah, jealousy!

  • Thom Allen

    The new one might be the Bachmaniac’s obsession with Obama’s magic wand.

  • Thom Allen

    I thought of the same thing. And then they need guns to protect their property from illegal immigrants and others who aren’t like them (gays, liberals, atheists, etc.).

  • Monoceros Forth

    A more knowledgeable person could tell you more but I think it’s just one of those euphemisms that Christian theocrats use to hide the fact they want to write their particular religious prejudices into law, and to get around the fact that the Constitution doesn’t actually say that we’re supposed to base our laws on the Bible.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    And certainty comprise many of our peers.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Indeed it is.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Cuz, Sodomy and Gonorrhea are named in the Bible and god smote them and turned a perfectly curious woman to salt, so that forest animals would lick her for all eternity.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    There lurks the desire behind the quilt. My guess is that he doesn’t wash his very often and probably faced rejection from a repulsed doer of his wanted deed.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    This sentence struck me: “the most important value of all is sexual propriety.” Replace that last word with ‘property’ and we see the mass wave of regarding women as chattel, rather than citizens with equal civil rights. This frightening trend echos the dystopic world visualized in ‘The Handmaiden’s Tale.” Secondly, this almost psychotic clash between prudery and violent sexual spectacle is mind boggling and bodes ill for society.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “What is a “natural law country” A place where gay penguins are expunged from the local zoo.

  • TheOriginalLiz

    I feel old … when I first glanced at the headline I thought it was referring to the big bulk store…

  • RobNYNY

    Actually, if Virginia succeeds in passing a general sodomy law, it will have established the legal structure that New York has had for many years.

    New York has a sodomy law on the books that prohibits all forms of sodomy, even consenusal sex between adults. However, years ago, New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals struck it down as it applies to consenting adults in private. (Making Lawrence redundant in New York.) However, the law is still used to prosecute rapists and child molesters.

    In New York, when an attacker forces a victim to have vaginal sex, that is rape. But when an attacker forces a victim to have oral sex, that is not rape. It’s sodomy under the old sodomy law because it doesn’t benefit from the Lawrence exceptions. The same for oral sex with a child — that’s sodomy, too, under the general sodomy law, and not rape. See, for example a man charged with rape and sodomy :

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/giants/lawrence-taylor-s-son-charged-with-statutory-rape-sodomy-child-molestation-1.5647381

    It’s possible that Virginia’s sodomy law was written so that Lawrence struck it down completely, and it needs to be replaced. Or it’s possible that Cucinelli is using sexual assault and child molestation as a backhanded way to recriminalize consensual adult sodomy. But it’s quite possible that this is not really a big deal.

  • nicho

    I hope he realizes that if blow jobs are outlawed, only outlaws will get blow jobs.

  • Whitewitch

    My mother told me men like it….I guess my mom was wrong…didn’t know it was bad. Better stop now…

  • Bruce

    This is just to stupid to be believed!!!!

  • cole3244

    i think cucc is gay curious!

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Cuccinelli has the icks about BJs…

    Does he really? Or does he have an attic crawlspace crammed full of m-on-m forced BJ porn, about which his feelings alternate between soul-crushing guilt & self-loathing and hours-long bondage-tinged fantasy-fueled sessions of compulsive, non-stop jacking off, a pattern of which started for him decades ago back in high school when he developed a hopeless crush on the football team captain?

  • Monoceros Forth

    An astute comment. I think I’ve opined before on this site that what we’ve seen is the recrystallization of American Christianity, or a large segment of it anyway, around a new set of central values. It’s happened before, often with remarkable speed if the conditions are right, the way that Lutheranism condensed around the doctrine of sola fide or that Calvinism organized itself around John Calvin’s extreme interpretation of the doctrine of predestination (“the ugly and alien logic of predestination” as G. K. Chesterton put it.) So, in a rather short time as you say, we’ve seen the coalescence of a new form of Christianity with a new set of fundamental values, values that are more political in nature than what we’d think of as religious. Public declamations and advertisements of faith are more important than private exercise of piety; voting for the correct politicians is more important than churchgoing; and, of course, the most important value of all is sexual propriety.

  • Monoceros Forth

    How on Earth does someone decide to make consenting blowjobs the villain in their personal political narrative?

    Excellently put. A lot of politicians are fond of building up some minor idee fixe into a big cause, something to get publicity and rally voters around, often with the ulterior motive of getting momentum rolling for a campaign for higher office. And this is Cuccinelli’s big cause? Maybe this is wishful thinking on my part but if Cuccinelli seriously thinks that he can ride a wave of sex-obsession into the governor’s mansion he’s nuts.

  • UncleBucky

    Cuccinelli has the icks about BJs, and he doesn’t want to think about blow jobs, so he can’t imagine it happening anywhere in the whole Universe, or he will stamp his feet, hold his ears, close his eyes and go “la la la lahhhh, I can’t hear you!”

  • UncleBucky

    The Republican Party, the NRA and Fox News have all become religions in the same amount of time that Paul and other proto-thumpers made a religion out of community organizer Jesus’s death.

    Jesus’s Death 30 CE to about 45 CE, beginning of Paul’s mania. ~15 years.

    JF Kennedy’s Death 1963 CE and MLK’s and RF Kennedy’s deaths in 1968 to 1978, beginning of the GOP’s mania. ~15 years.

    (I am not comparing Kennedy with Jesus, thumpers, but I am comparing the beginning of the christianIST religion with the GOP et al.)

  • Number Six

    I guess Slick Willy won’t be traveling to VA anytime soon!
    :D

  • Reasor

    How on Earth does someone decide to make consenting blowjobs the villain in their personal political narrative? Did Cuccinelli never get the hang of giving them? Does he have some kind of jacked up overbite that makes it anatomically impossible, and if he can’t suck cock, nobody can?

  • Indigo

    Because nothing is more important than making sure that sodomy and fellatio are crimes. What a dolt!

  • SkippyFlipjack

    I was being facetious since that “bit” of publicity would sink even the most popular politician before the sun had set

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Since when has bad publicity ever stopped a Republican state legislature from doing something stupid? Hell, the law and legislative procedure isn’t even a concern.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Maybe the Republicans in the state legislature just like having sex with children, but thought writing an exemption for themselves in the bill would bring them a bit of bad publicity?

  • nicho

    I feel the same way

    So-do-my friends
    So-do-my family
    So-do-my neighbors

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    In part, it’s Cuccinelli’s own fault, in that in 2004 as a VA state Senator, he voted against a measure that would’ve fixed the problem, and as recently as 2009 made it clear that his he feels homosexuality should be illegal, which was why he wanted the anti-sodomy law to be kept on the books. Such as here:

    “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. I happen to think that it represents (to put it politely; I need my thesaurus to be polite) behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society.”

    http://hamptonroads.com/2009/10/steve-shannon-attorney-general

    Virginia’s age of consent is 15 years old. Below that, it’s statutory rape (a felony). Above that, it’s ‘contributing to the delinquency of a minor’ (misdemeanor). In a sense, this arrangement is not unreasonable, because otherwise it would criminalize a marriage between a 19 year old and a 17 year old — even though such is otherwise legal in Virginia.

    As this Mother Jones article by Kate Sheppard notes, if Cuccinelli wants to make it a felony for a 47 year old to solicit sex from a 17 year old, he needs to focus on changing VA’s age of consent laws.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Don’t worry if you feel ashamed
    It’s been around for years
    Thousands more than can be named
    Are interested in rears!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulb0pLBgRCw

    (Shame Peter Jackson went from stuff like this to making a hash of Tolkien.)

  • cole3244

    most heterosexual men with this hangup are not what they seem to be, cucc just might be gay curious or maybe he has solved the curiosity and is afraid to admit his reaction, hate always has another hidden side to its origin.

  • adam

    sodomy is fun

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Nothing at all about the fact that Cuccinelli is up to his eyeballs in Governor McDonnell’s corruption, bribery, theft of the state money/property scandal? There is no light between the two men on what they believe, who they hang out with, and where they get their campaign money from. I think it is a better picture of modern Republican politics that these two are still in office at this point, and that nobody from their own side is exhibiting any sense of shame, nor making any effort to oust them, because bribery, theft and corruption is now considered perfectly normal in Republican state politics.

    As for the anti-sodomy laws… Cuccinelli and McDonnell would be happy to take Virginia back to colonial law if they could. As long as they can continue to line their own pockets at the tax payer’s expense.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    LOL yeah just saw that, though perhaps lacking a huge something is Cuccinelli’s problem.

  • johndesalvio

    Bottom line: If he can’t get it, NO ONE can.

  • Mike

    A huge what?! Please fix first sentence.

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