Cuccinelli Wants a Rehearing on Virginia’s Anti-Sodomy Law

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Last month, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond deemed a Virginia anti-sodomy law unconstitutional. The provision, part of the state’s “Crimes Against Nature” law, has been moot since the 2003 US Supreme Court decision overruled state laws barring consensual gay sex. The law also bars consensual straight anal and oral sex as well, lest ye heteros think Cuccinelli isn’t also worried about your sex life.

But that apparently doesn’t matter to Virginia Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, who is asking the court to reconsider, reports the Washington Blade:

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli has filed a petition with the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond asking the full 15-judge court to reconsider a decision by a three-judge panel last month that overturned the state’s sodomy law.
The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on March 12 that a section of Virginia’s “Crimes Against Nature” statute that outlaws sodomy between consenting adults, gay or straight, is unconstitutional based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2003 known as Lawrence v. Texas.
A clerk with the 4th Circuit appeals court said a representative of the Virginia Attorney General’s office filed the petition on Cuccinelli’s behalf on March 26. The petition requests what is known as an en banc hearing before the full 15 judges to reconsider the earlier ruling by the three-judge panel.

Mother Jones confirmed that Cuccinelli had filed the request with the court as well. Given that the Supreme Court has already ruled that gay sex is OK and moved on to the question of gay marriage, I wouldn’t expect his appeal to go very far.

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Cuccinelli Wants a Rehearing on Virginia’s Anti-Sodomy Law

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