February 15, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Cuccinelli reaffirms opposition to same-sex marriage
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Friday reiterated his opposition to same-sex marriage during an interview with a D.C. television station about his new book.

“Virginians decided this in 2006 that we were going to respect traditional marriage,” he said in response to a question on News Talk with Bruce DePuyt about whether a lesbian couple raising children should receive equal treatment under the law during a segment on his new book. “I don’t see that changing anytime soon.”

DePuyt then asked Cuccinelli whether he “would leave gay-headed families out in the cold.”

“Well I certainly wouldn’t phrase it that way, but what we treat as a married couple is one man and one woman in Virginia,” Cuccinelli said. “That’s in our constitution and it passed with a pretty overwhelming margin.”

Cuccinelli, who will likely face former Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s 2013 gubernatorial election, spoke with DePuyt a day after same-sex marriage supporters gathered in Arlington, Charlottesville, Hampton, Richmond and Winchester to rally against the state constitutional ban on nuptials for gays and lesbians that Virginia voters approved in 2006. A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee last month killed a bill sponsored by state Del. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) that would have repealed the Marshall-Newman Amendment.

Cuccinelli was also among those who spoke at an anti-gay marriage event at a Manassas church last October to which the Washington Blade was denied access.

“It’s ironic that the author of a book entitled ‘The New Fight for American Liberty’ continues to oppose any kind of legal recognition for people to legally affirm their love to each other,” Surovell told the Washington Blade in response to Cuccinelli’s comments. “Last year, polls showed that 65 percent of Virginians supported legal recognition of same-sex relationships. Ken Cuccinelli is increasingly isolated and out of touch in his point of view.”

A spokesperson for Cuccinelli’s campaign did not immediately return the Blade’s request for comment.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

5 Comments
  • Any guy that is talking about a 2006 vote against Gay marriage, which was 7 years ago and thinks that the country and even Virginia has advanced in 7 years is hiding something. I bet there are many public restrooms between his home and office that he has been having frequent restroom stops at to find companionship. Typical closet case guy who condemns gays in hopes that it will turn the focus away from him that people think he’s gay and that people will believe that him being Anti-gay makes him straight. Someone needs to let this clown know that in the 1970s, 80s and 90s that may have worked, but in 2013 any guy that goes around condemning gays is really GAY and especially the republicans.
    We haven’t had a closet case gay republican caught in February yet. Someone needs to follow this guy with a camera and catch him on film and get him to confess his bigotry and expose him since he is harming people by refusing to allow loving gay couples to marry and be committed to each other.

  • Hmmm…but Cuccinelli has no problem promoting and giving personal money to his catholic religion which has been proven to help cover up child abuse and pedophilia? Grrrrrrr

  • When asked about a couple raising kids, “whether he ‘would leave gay-headed families out in the cold’.”

    Cuccinelli says: “Well I certainly wouldn’t phrase it that way, but what we treat as a married couple is one man and one woman in Virginia,” “That’s in our constitution and it passed with a pretty overwhelming margin.”

    See how there’s two sides to every mouth? Marriage is one man and one woman. A man and a woman raise kids. Opps, same-sex couples raise kids, too. A married couple is one man and one woman, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

    “Virginians decided this in 2006.” Some voters in an election elect him in one year, too. Does he get to be AG (or any other office holder) forever?

  • These same sex couples most certainly should not engage in any kind of same sex relationship at all period. Homosexuality is not only contrary to Biblical teachings it is also in direct contradiction of Gods Laws as well. Homosexuality is considered sodomy.

    Sodomy is also in direct contradiction of Gods Laws. A man should not engage in sexual intercourse with a man. Nor shall a woman engage in sexual intercourse with a woman.

    If you want my honest opinion I think that all same sex marriages should be abolished completely. Those are my sentiments exactly. God has instituted marriage between a man and a woman and the procreation of children.

    And it shall not be violated in any way, shape or form. What these particular individuals are doing is totally defiling the marriage bed as a direct result of their most despicable acts. What these particular individuals are doing is not only in direct contradiction of Gods Laws it is also in direct violation of human nature as well.

    If God would have intended for men to be totally engaged in a same sex marriage He would have created Adam and Steve and not Adam and Eve. In the Catholic Church they always emphasize that same sex couples deserve concern and respect. They further contend that you should hate the sin but love the sinner.

    Sure, we should love and respect these particular individuals. But we must completely refrain from any further association with these particular individuals at all times. Yes, we should love and forgive these particular individuals.

    But we must be completely leery of them each and every time. In the Catholic Church homosexuality is considered a mortal sin. And you most certainly should not receive the Sacraments if you are in the state of mortal sin.

    If in the event that you do receive the Sacraments while in the state of mortal sin you most certainly receiving them unworthily. And you are most certainly receiving them under very false pretenses. If you so desire to receive the Sacraments once again you must go to confession on Saturday Afternoon and confess your sins to God.

    And you must make full amends for what you have done. After you have received full absolution for your sins and are truly repentant of them then you will be deemed worthy to receive the Sacraments and not before. You must fully resolve not to commit the same sins over and over again.

    As the old saying goes: Actions do speak louder than words. Showing that you are truly sorry is much more important than the actual words used.

    Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. It's psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

    The number of men and women who have deep seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

    Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

    Leviticus 18:22: You will not have intercourse with a man as you would with a woman. This is a hateful thing.

    Let us all pray that homosexuality comes to an abrupt end effective immediately.

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