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Cuccinelli: My ‘Beliefs About The Personal Challenge Of Homosexuality Haven’t Changed’

by David Badash on July 20, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,News,Politics

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Usually when you think of religious anti-gay bigots, the image of an older person, say someone in their 60′s, 70′s or 80′s, comes to mind. Think, the late Jerry Falwell or octogenarian Pat Robertson, or even Maggie Gallagher, who’s 52. And given that America’s Catholics today support same-sex marriage at a higher rate than the rest of America — the majority of America, about 55 percent, already support marriage equality — you wouldn’t necessarily expect a 44-year old east coast Catholic to be as a big an anti-gay bigot as Ken Cuccinelli is. And you’d be wrong.

Ken Cuccinelli, who is running for governor of Virginia against Democrat Terry McAuliffe, on Saturday morning told voters that he is standing his ground when it comes to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. And that ground in the recent past has included comments that gay people have no souls, are self-destructive, and that “homosexual acts” are “intrinsically wrong.”

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The radical right-wing Republican attorney general of Virginia was asked Saturday morning by PBS’ Judy Woodruff at the Virginia Bar Association gubernatorial debate if he still believes “same-sex acts are against nature and are harmful to society,” as he said a few years ago.

Cuccinelli’s response was straightforward:

“My personal beliefs about the personal challenge of homosexuality haven’t changed.”

But the married 44-year old Roman Catholic and father of seven didn’t expand on what “the personal challenge of homosexuality” actually is, leaving many, at least on Twitter, to wonder — and leaving Cuccinelli the laughing stock of the week.

Cuccinelli is so anti-gay that among his first acts upon taking office in 2010 was — literally unprovoked and out of nowhere — writing the University of Virginia Board of Governors to tell them that they did not have the constitutional authority to protect LGBT people from discrimination.

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In the past, as a state senator running for AG in 2009, Cuccinelli said:

“My view is that homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but homosexual acts are wrong. They’re intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law based country it’s appropriate to have policies that reflect that. … They don’t comport with natural law. I happen to think that it represents (to put it politely; I need my thesaurus to be polite) behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society.”

And in 2008 Cuccinelli, told the Virginia Family Foundation that when “you look at the homosexual agenda, I cannot support something that I believe brings nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of their soul.”

Watch (apologies — audio very low):

Hat tip: Blue Virginia, Think Progress



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sdfrenchie July 21, 2013 at 1:47 am

…brings self-destruction, not only physically but to our souls. Right. That's why I'm alive and kicking at 67 and my soul feels so innocent I fall right to sleep every night.

If the Democrats don't get their asses out and vote in Virginia, that state's in real trouble. This guy's mind is so narrow the blood can't even flow through it. Just how does homosexuality challenge him? Is he afraid he might go in that direction if his stubborn thoughts cave in? Does he even know any gay people?

Someone needs to ask this Italian madman who gave him the right to judge others so severely? Is he another to whom God speaks directly? There seem to be an awful lot of those fools running loose these days. That's how Son of Sam got his start. God told him to go out and murder women. God told Ken Cuccinelli to hate gay people (although he'll deny it's hatred). What if God tells him to go out and start killing us?

Just the reference to our souls' being damaged by homosexuality is proof that he is carrying religious beliefs into his lawmaking plans. He's another nut going against the Constitution in many more ways than one. He and all the others who think religion gets the right of way in America need to step down now.

tgflux July 21, 2013 at 4:42 am

the image of an older person … or even Maggie Gallagher, who’s 52.

HEY! >:-(

My "personal challenge of homosexuality" includes being 51…

SeanLiberty13 July 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

If it occurs in nature then it IS natural. The mere fact that we exist proves that we are natural. He does not get to speak for nature. Nature speaks for itself. If he is going to disrespect, demean, dehumanize and attack LGBT tax payers then he has no legal right to tax us and benefit off the paychecks of our hard work.

Grotesque, anti-freedom, anti-American, uneducated, uncivilized Fascist INGRATE trash.

BJLincoln July 21, 2013 at 10:55 am

54 years young, big old lesbian, huge heart and soul!
If the people of VA vote for this closet case, the LGBT folks are free to move next door where we are treated equally. They really should get out there and make sure he does not get elected for the good of everyone because I have a feeling he has outdated issues with other things as well.

bryanchristopher July 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

Reading this reminds me that I'm still dealing with the personal challenge of homophobia. Just when you think the world has become more inclusive.

labman57 July 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

This ass hat missed his calling.
Deacon of the Westboro Baptist Church would be a better fit for his brand of bigotry

barbonine July 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

It is most amusing to watch this guy. He wants laws banning anal sex. He wants laws banning oral sex.

Basically, since the poor bigoted hater cannot ban gay people, he's trying to ban their bedroom activities. Is this really "smaller government," shoving its snout under your covers in Virginia?


Kind of long for a bumper sticker. Maybe you should get rid of Cuccinelli instead.

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