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 Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) that would have repealed the Marshall-Newman Amendment.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.