March 9, 2016 at 4:22 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Ken Cuccinelli withdraws from Va. Supreme Court consideration

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Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has withdrawn his name for consideration to fill a vacancy on the state’s Supreme Court. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Wednesday withdrew his name for consideration to fill a vacancy on the state’s Supreme Court.

The Associated Press reported the anti-LGBT Republican made the decision a day after a Virginia Senate endorsed his nomination. LGBT rights advocates and others quickly expressed their opposition to Cuccinelli on the Virginia Supreme Court.

“Keeping Ken Cuccinelli off the Supreme Court is a huge victory for women, the LGBT community, and everyone who recognizes the urgency of addressing climate change,” gay state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) told the Washington Blade.

Equality Virginia, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, also welcomed the news that Cuccinelli had withdrawn his name.

Cuccinelli narrowly lost to Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the state’s 2013 gubernatorial race.

State Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Stafford County) on Tuesday nominated the former attorney general to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

McAuliffe nominated interim state Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush, but the Republican-controlled Virginia House of Delegates on March 2 formally rejected her nomination. State Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Richmond) blocked GOP efforts to nominate Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie Alston.

The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Senate Republicans have nominated state Court of Appeals Judge Stephen McCullough to fill the vacancy.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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