5 Reasons Ken Cuccinelli is Harmful to Society

Virginia attorney general and gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli this weekend affirmed previous statements that he believes being gay is harmful to society.

During his 2009 campaign for attorney general, Cuccinelli infamously stated:

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.

Cuccinelli affirmed for debate moderator Judy Woodruff on Saturday that “My personal beliefs about the personal challenges of homosexuality haven’t changed.”

Cuccinelli, who perhaps could count himself as one of homosexuality’s personal challenges, has also implied that homosexuals have no soul and has said that same-sex marriage harms children.

With all that in mind, here are five ways that Cuccinelli has repeatedly demonstrated he is a danger to rationality, science, civil rights and, indeed, how it is he who stands to be harmful to Virginia’s society if he is voted in as governor.

1) Cuccinelli Wants to Revive Virginia’s Sodomy Law

Briefly, and as many will know, Cuccinelli has tried to invoke the state’s anti-sodomy law to prosecute a man who received oral sex from two teenagers, contending the anti-sodomy law is “an important tool that prosecutors use to put child molesters in jail.”

There’s just one problem. Since Lawrence v. Texas, which effectively decriminalized homosexuality throughout the United States in 2003, anti-sodomy laws have been unenforcable.

Cuccinelli contends this is unjust and wants the courts to look again at the decision. He’s appealed his case to the Supreme Court.

To put this in perspective, Cuccinelli wants the Supreme Court to look again at a major gay rights decision simply because he wishes to be able to exploit an aspect of the law that would allow him to invoke harsher penalties against potential sex offenders.

Given that Cuccinelli just launched a website on the issue, he clearly feels that even if the courts won’t back him, Virginia’s voting public might and in that attempting to frame this issue as one where he is protecting the state’s children while his democratic opponent won’t.

Some have defended Cuccinelli on this, saying it is appropriate for the AG to want to use the full weight of the law. They also cite that he has repeatedly said the law would not be used against consenting gay couples due to the Supreme Court’s previous ruling and much in the same way that it would not be used to prosecute heterosexuals engaging in non vaginal sex.

The problem, of course, is that this issue presents itself against the backdrop of all of Cuccinelli’s other extreme and questionable decisions, not to mention his use of the AG’s office to launch personal crusades. Speaking of which:

2) Cuccinelli Decides Universities Can’t Protect Gay Employees from Discrimination

Just weeks into his new position as AG and Cuccinelli issued an opinion to notify state universities that, in his view, they could not exceed state law by offering gay employees discrimination protections, saying that it was the job of legislators to decide protected classes and not individual universities.

Protests were mounted and the universities warned this would make them less competitive and would cost them in terms of attracting talent. They also noted that throughout the U.S., universities use state discrimination protections as a minimum standard and not a cap.

To be clear, no one had complained about the nondiscrimination provisions. Cuccinelli had simply felt the issue so pressing it needed to be commented on.

Cuccinelli went on to issue opinions to try to prevent the Board of Social Services from adopting anti-discrimination provisions. He was successful there, but failed to stop the Virginia Board of Juvenile Justice, which chose to defy him on a similar nondiscrimination measure.

3) Cuccinelli is a Staunch Climate Science Denier

Examples of this are plentiful, but a few highlights include:

There’s also a point at which aggressive ignorance becomes painful, and that point was reached when Cuccinelli began asking audiences to hold their breaths so as not to emit carbon dioxide, a “clever” swipe at the EPA he has used while talking at Tea Party gatherings.

4) Cuccinelli Bullies Virginia Board of Health into Anti-Choice Regulations

In 2012, the Virginia Board of Health caved to pressure from Cuccinelli and incumbent Governor Bob McDonnell (R) to vote in favor of adopting regulations designed to drive abortion providers out of business and out of the state. The new requirements included making clinics comply with the same architectural standards for new hospitals.

Originally the board had resisted, saying it would only apply that standard to new clinics. Cuccinelli escalated the dispute by waving various legal sanctions if the board didn’t comply.

This push dates back to 2010 when Cuccinelli, just months into his position at AG, issued one of his now infamous opinions and began pressuring the Virginia Board of Health to tighten its grip on abortion access without legislation.

5) Cuccinelli Says Business Owners Should Go to Jail Rather than Comply with Obamacare

It’s little surprise that Cuccinelli opposes Obamacare.

In fact, he was among the first to launch a lawsuit challenging its provisions, even going so far as to ask the Supreme Court of the United States to hear his challenge on an expedited basis. His request was denied.

Cuccinelli has specifically characterized the Obamacare birth control benefit portion of the law as an attack on the Roman Catholic Church and wider religious freedom. He told radio host Steve Deace earlier this year that business owners should be prepared to go to jail rather than comply.


There you have just five reasons Cuccinelli could be classed as harmful to Virginians and wider society, and there are sure to be several more as Cuccinelli ramps up the rhetoric during his run for governor.

As a parting bonus, however, we leave you with Cuccinelli’s 2010 decision that the Virginia state seal, which depicts Roman goddess Virtus wearing a blue tunic draped over one shoulder with her left breast exposed, was just too darn pornographic to be family-friendly.

Cuccinelli attempted to offer an edited version for his campaign pins, but was soon forced to walk back on the issue.

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Jim Ven
Jim V1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Dennis D.
Past Member 4 years ago

Kevin B.
1:05PM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

"This Modern World" take on Ken Cuccinelli (funny stuff!)


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/5-reasons-ken-cuccinelli-is-harmful-to-society.html#ixzz2cjQlxzD5

I am sure that he would like to do just that..

Are really in the first part of the 21rst century.. Or did time we all time warp back to 1950's in Doc Brown's Delorean??

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

"This Modern World" take on Ken Cuccinelli (funny stuff!)


Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage s4 years ago


Kate Kenzie
Kate Kenzie4 years ago

What a neanderthal

Paul Carter
Paul C4 years ago

Hey you know what - it's still not compulsory anywhere to perform any particular sexual act. Its a choice, if you are lucky enough to have a like-minded partner, a spouse or whatever, and no one else's business. It would be nice if the world's politicians, pastors, and other people who set themselves up as moral leaders shut up and got on with doing what they do best - talking rubbish among themselves. The rest of us are paying hard earned cash to keep them in a luxurious lifestyle and don't need to be reminded that we are wasting that money depriving the world's villages of their very own idiots.

Kathy Crews
Kathy Crews4 years ago

And YES Tom E...most VA politicians are "deprived" or better yet just plain whacked but that is because so many of them are part of the Republican TEA Party!!! That should answer most of your questions....just bad upbringing I fear to say! It makes VA look rather bad which makes it sad and disappointing for ME!

Kathy Crews
Kathy Crews4 years ago

Sorry Tom E.....there isn't anything nice TO say as far as I am concerned. I absolutely do NOT trust this man in any way shape or form. I believe him to be completely to be dishonest on top of all of these things mentioned here in this article. And when it comes to honesty......then he has absolutely NO business even being considered in the Governors Mansion!! He won't hesitate using money that belongs to the Commonwealth in order to fight on a National level for laws that fit HIS belief system ....such as this stupid no sodomy or oral sex law ..and if found guilty it is a felony btw. ...which of course you know is his way of trying to take down every person in VA that happens to be anything OTHER THAN heterosexual!!! It is a stupid law and a law that SHOULD have been removed from our books MANY years ago yet here we have this man spending time and effort to make sure that it stays right where it is...active on our VA LAW BOOKS. He wanted this so that when he "becomes Governor" he can make sure that this goofy law is heavily enforced!! Well, Sir Cuccinelli.....you LOST your plea to the higher courts to keep this ridiculous law on our books so THERE....do you GET IT now??? No, people he DOESN'T frickin' get it. He is a complete homophobe and he isn't going to stop until he has every one of these gone from VA and hopefully all of them placed on Mars. He is a whack job and needs to be considered a serious threat to VA. He can not be underestimated!!!

Ana Marija R.
ANA MARIJA R4 years ago

Thank you for posting .

Tom Edgar
Tom Edgar4 years ago

Is there NOBODY here who has a nice word for this poor much maligned creature?

I was brought up to be sympathetic towards the mentally handicapped. What I really do not understand is WHY has anyone ever voted for a person whose intellectual capacity is so severely diminished. ? Are most Virginians politically, at an intellectual level, also deprived?