Ban Oral And Anal Sex! Says Virginia’s Attorney General

Last month three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit deemed a Virginia anti-sodomy law unconstitutional.

Now Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s Republican Attorney General and the party’s candidate for governor in November, has filed a petition asking the entire Court to revisit its decision to overturn this state law prohibiting sodomy.

But wait! Didn’t the Supreme Court in the famous Lawrence v. Texas case in 2003 hold that sodomy laws violate a person’s right to privacy?

In fact, the court’s action did not actually take the laws off the books, but rather renders them unconstitutional to be enforced. Few states have repealed the laws since then, which is why Virginia still has that prohibition on its books.

That’s how Cuccinelli is able to ask the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to agree with him and uphold the constitutionality of Virginia’s sodomy law, which makes anal and oral sex between people of any sex a crime. (The question remains as to why Virginia’s Attorney General wants to involve himself so thoroughly in what people do in the privacy of their bedrooms.)

More details on the case involved from rawstory:

The Washington Blade reported on Wednesday that Cuccinelli’s petition, filed on March 26 calls for an en banc hearing involving all 15 judges on the court to reconsider the March 12 ruling by a three-judge panel declaring the “Crimes Against Nature” law unconstitutional.

The law, which prohibited oral and anal sex, was deemed unconstitutional in a 2005 case involving a 47-year-old defendant, William Scott MacDonald, accused of asking a 17-year-old girl to perform oral sex on him. According to Buzzfeed, despite the girl rebuffing his advances, MacDonald told authorities she did so “against his will.” MacDonald was eventually convicted of soliciting a minor in an attempt to break the sodomy law.

Virginia’s “Crimes Against Nature” statute, or sodomy law, reads:

“If any person . . . carnally knows any male or female person by the anus or by or with the mouth, or vol- untarily submits to such carnal knowledge, he or she shall be guilty of a [felony.]”

However, the three-judge panel ruled in a 2-1 decision on the MacDonald case that the law was unconstitutional, citing the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision in Lawrence v. Texas.

Ken Cuccinelli believes this was the wrong decision, in part because the girl was only 17.

From raw story:

“We believe the panel decision was erroneous, and that the dissent correctly concludes that the petitioner was not entitled to federal habeas corpus relief,” Gibson (a spokesperson for Cuccineli) said. “So the full court should have the opportunity to decide this matter.”

If you are familiar with Ken Cuccinelli’s past actions, you may not find this action so surprising.

Last summer the Virginia Attorney General refused to certify regulations from the Virginia Board of Health that would allow existing abortion clinics in the state to stay open.  Virginia is also one of the states with an invasive ultrasound law, meaning women in the state have to get a medically unnecessary procedure and wait 24 hours before they can get a (legal, constitutionally protected) abortion.

If you google his name, you’ll find some of these headlines: “Ken Cuccinelli’s climate-change witch hunt,” “Virginia attorney general to colleges: End gay protections,” and “After breast controversy, Cuccinelli ditches new staffer lapel pins.”

More recently, a video has surfaced in which Cuccinelli compares the anti-abortion movement to the abolitionist movement. Even some Republicans are beginning to worry about his bid for governor.

So perhaps it’s not so surprising that the Virginia Attorney General should come up with this opinion on sodomy.

However, given that the Supreme Court ruled ten years ago that gay sex is okay and has now moved on to the question of gay marriage, this appeal will probably not get too far.


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Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

Hey look everyone, Benghazi Bill is back and crazy as ever!

Hey, Bill, still obsessing about Hillary I see, did you get a new tin foil hat or is the old one still working out for you?

Just think, only about a year and a half and Hillary will be president, pretty cool, huh?

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

I just thought I would mention once again about Benghazi, and hope fully all of you have finally woke up to the fact that our Secretary of State was not doing her job and may even have done many illegal acts while doing her duty as Sec. of State.

Dennis D.
Past Member 4 years ago

Bill, I have pointed this fact out to you before. Kevin is a lot more credible than you will ever be here.

You fixation on a topic that would be better served on a forum. That address your concern seems to fly by you. That makes you the liar, Bill.

Bill, if you have anything that has to do with the topic of this forum please do post it.

Catrin K.

Dale O. it is starting to sound to me like Bill R. is getting his rocks off by all this Benghazi talk , so never mind if Oral and Anal Sex should be banned , we should figure out if Bill's "un-natural" Benghazi talk should be banned and not just in Virginia !

And Bill in an argument between you and Kevin i am putting all my money on Kevin , cause he is intelligent and lucid something i would not be able to say about........

Dale O.

The sidebar from Causes lit up like a marquee with Bill R calling Kevin B faux news inspired names again...had to come over to the thread and see what this was all about.

Bill R ~ sings and dances: "Kevin you are the biggest liar on care2..."

No, Bill, the Pinocchio Syndrome falls squarely onto the shoulders and noses of the right wing wrong wing. It often co-occurs with the frightening and mysterious aliment known as the Obama Derangement Syndrome which often happens when people on the wrong wing have constant exposure to the Republican't Party, the Tea Party, resulting in GOPitis and the desire to listen to faux noise along with other right wing 'news' sources.

Kevin doesn't lie, he liberally tells the truth about so many important political issues.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese4 years ago

Kevin you are the biggest liar on care2, and you have no answer for a true patriot like Trey Gowdy. All I have said is wait and watch how the Benghazi investigation comes out and you go off on an attack. I agree with you that someone can attack another for no other reason than they disagree with their politics they are sick,, and please look in a mirror when you write you dribble about me as all I am asking is to watch the events in the Benghazi Investigation.

The people on the witness stand will speak louder than you at any time, my fair friend that lied about Americans not paying for any abortions.

Dennis D.
Past Member 4 years ago

Hey, Bill, there is more than one forum.. Yeah, I know, who would've thunk.. Scroll to the top.. Not all the way. Aside from the 'around the web' links. Any thing that says Care 2 there will be a links.. Try one, Bill.. You will find that there is plenty of places on care 2.

Both new and old articles that you can go to that has what you are interested in raving on here can be addressed there.. Also Bill amazing news there are some conservative groups here as well.. I know amazing huh!? I am sure that you can find one where the participants are just as loony tunes as you are here...

Maybe some of them are fellow patients of the very same hospital. I know all this has been pointed out to you before.. But maybe the meds are screwing with your memory.. Check it out Bill.. And be amazed..

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Mary, I am sure you are right and I suppose the computer at the mental hospital where he is at is old and the nurses probably don't let him on for very long.

Mary B.
Mary B4 years ago

Dennis and Kevin.... I think I've figured out why B.Bill still posts like he does on a thread about oral and anal sex......He doesn't know how to change to another thread !!!!..... He apparently got to this one somehow but doesn't remember how to find another topic !!!....It's the only thing I can think of to explain the way he rambles on about President Obama and Ms.Clinton......

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Save your faux patriotism, Bill, you are a fraud. You care nothing for those dead Americans and you disgrace their memory with your lies and bulls*t. The only thing you care about is your demented fantasies and your hate for the Obama administration and your trembling fear because Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president of the United States.

You right wing loons are all alike, you pretend to wrap yourself in the American flag, but you care nothing for America, you are just a deluded hate-monger, suffering from Obama Derangement Syndrome.

You are a pathetic clown (oh, and your comments have nothing to do with oral sex and the topic of this thread, so clean the jello off your face and stop with your drooling, ranting lies).