Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's campaign for governor isn't going great. He's behind in at least one poll. He's floating on the outskirts of the still-expanding scandal surrounding Bob McDonnell, the current governor. But Cuccinelli has a plan to combat that. He will run a campaign powered by sodomy. In opposition, of course. Cuccinelli is a Republican.
It seems as though it's been a long time since being gay was used as a political chit. At least, as a negative one. The shift in gay politics over the past ten years has been remarkable. In 2004, the Republican party leveraged bans on gay marriage in 11 states to bolster conservative turnout — a move that its architect later regretted.
Cuccinelli would certainly argue that he's not making an anti-gay play. His campaign's new strategy centers around a legal challenge to an appeals court's decision stating that Virginia's "Crimes Against Nature" statute, which bans oral and anal sex, is unconstitutional. The court heavily relied on the Supreme Court's 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision overturning sodomy laws in reaching that decision.
Cuccinelli will draw attention to 90 sex offenders who were prosecuted under the statute that he wants to reinstate. The campaign launched a website, VAChildPredators.com, at which Virginians can enter their ZIP code to find nearby sex offenders. Those offenders "may be removed from the Sex Offender Registry if Ken doesn't win this appeal," the site warns, then blames Cuccinelli's opponent for being wishy-washy on the subject. According to VAChildPredators.com, the sodomy law is an "anti-child predators law."