May 2, 2016 at 8:46 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Ken Cuccinelli rules out run for governor in 2017

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Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has announced that he will not run for governor in 2017. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said on Saturday that he will not run for governor in 2017.

Cuccinelli told the Washington Post during an interview at the Virginia State Republican Convention in Harrisonburg that he will continue to campaign in support of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)’s presidential campaign.

“I made my choice here, and it was to go all in on the Cruz campaign,” Cuccinelli told the Washington Post. “There’s only so much that makes sense on an individual and family basis.”

“It’s better for our family not to do both,” he said.

Former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie announced last October that he is running for governor. Lieutenant Gov. Ralph Northam has also declared his candidacy to succeed Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Cuccinelli: Homosexuality ‘brings nothing but self-destruction’

Cuccinelli has faced scathing criticism from advocates over his opposition to marriage rights for same-sex couples and other LGBT-specific issues.

The former attorney general in 2008 described the “homosexual agenda” as something that “brings nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of the soul.” Cuccinelli in 2010 recommended Virginia colleges and universities remove LGBT-specific provisions from their nondiscrimination policies.

McAuliffe narrowly defeated Cuccinelli in 2013.

The Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee in March approved Cuccinelli’s nomination to the state’s Supreme Court. The former attorney general subsequently withdrew his name from consideration.

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

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