Dumb: Cuccinelli to Appeal Ruling Overturning Sodomy Law


I have no problem with politicians who want to weigh in, on one side or another, on the issue of marriage. Considering the government is unfortunately the arbitrator of legal marriage, it’s a relevant issue. It is stupid, however, for the state to make laws banning behavior that occurs in people’s bedrooms. Virginia’s antiquated anti-sodomy law was recently struck down, but Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli plans to appeal the ruling:

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli has filed a petition with the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond asking the full 15-judge court to reconsider a decision by a three-judge panel last month that overturned the state’s sodomy law.

The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on March 12 that a section of Virginia’s “Crimes Against Nature” statute that outlaws sodomy between consenting adults, gay or straight, is unconstitutional based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2003 known as Lawrence v. Texas.

A clerk with the 4th Circuit appeals court said a representative of the Virginia Attorney General’s office filed the petition on Cuccinelli’s behalf on March 26. The petition requests what is known as an en banc hearing before the full 15 judges to reconsider the earlier ruling by the three-judge panel.

With many crucial issues facing Virginia, why is Cuccinelli getting involved in cases like this? The law is outdated and unenforceable, but for some reason the candidate for Governor thinks it’s worth making political hay over. I respect people fighting the fight against redefining marriage, but anti-sodomy laws? This is embarrassing.