February 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm EST | 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 Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) that would have repealed the Marshall-Newman Amendment.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

  • Beth thompson

    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.

    • gary47290

      The 2006 vote was 57 anti-Gay, 43 pro-Gay. That is hardly a settled issue, and continued discussion will happen whether Cucinelli wants to or not.

  • LeslieDF

    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?

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