Tuesday, October 08, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Revive VA Sodomy Law

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccilnelli (who also happens to be running for Governor) of that state's law prohibiting sodomy, despite the fact that Lawrence v. Texas ruled ten years ago that all laws regulating sexual practices between consenting adults were unconstitutional.

The Associated Press reports on the demise of Virginia's attempt to revive its sodomy law:

The high court on Monday refused to hear from Virginia state officials who wanted to get the state's ban on oral and anal sex reinstated.
In March, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond declared Virginia's law unconstitutional.
In 2005, a judge convicted William Scott MacDonald of criminal solicitation for allegedly demanding oral sex from a 17-year-old girl. His conviction occurred two years after the landmark Lawrence v. Texas decision effectively struck down anti-sodomy laws in that state and several others.
Virginia officials said the Texas ruling did not apply to sex acts between adults and minors. The lower court rejected that interpretation and justices won't reconsider that decision.
Cuccinelli is an infamously virulent homophobe who is currently polling several points behind Democrat Terry McAuliffe in their electoral battle to be elected Governor of Virginia next month. Let's hope "The Cooch" is as unsuccessful at the polls as he was at the United States Supreme Court.

Hat/tip to Joe.My.God

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