Virginia’s Homophobia General Strikes Again


    Forget “Attorney General,” it’s time to change Ken Kookinelli’s title to “Homophobia General” after this move.

    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) is terminating his office’s relationship with law firm King & Spalding after the firm decided to drop its defense of the controversial Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last week.

    “King & Spalding’s willingness to drop a client, the U.S. House of Representatives, in connection with the lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was such an obsequious act of weakness that I feel compelled to end your legal association with Virginia so that there is no chance that one of my legal clients will be put in the embarrassing and difficult situation like the client you walked away from, the House of Representatives,” Cuccinelli wrote to firm partner Joseph Lynch in a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner.

    Pathetic, as always, by Ken Kookinelli. But not surprising. Remember this editorial back in October 2009, which warned that this guy would be “an embarrassment to Virginia” due in part to his bizarre, reactionary, fundamentalist views on homosexuality? Such as, his view that homosexual acts are “intrinsically wrong…don’t comport with natural law…not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society.”  Then there was his letter “to Virginia’s public colleges and universities that said, in part, ‘It is my advice that the law and public policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia prohibit a college or university from including ‘sexual orientation,’ ‘gender identity,’ ‘gender expression,’ or like classification as a protected class within its non-discrimination policy absent specific authorization from the General Assembly.'”

    Look, there’s no two ways about it when it comes to Ken Cuccinelli, he’s anti-gay bigot. Add that to a long list of lunacy including: denial of climate science and persecution of climate scientists; his belief in “abstinence-only” sex education; and his dabbling with “birtherist” conspiracy theories (“the speculation is Kenya,” he said). Virginia’s embarrassment, indeed. The question is, who were the 1,124,137 Virginians who voted for this maniac in November 2009, and why?!?

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