By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com July 17 2013 3:10 PM ET
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is still campaigning to defend his state's antisodomy law, with the launch of a new website meant to scare parents into believing the law would protect children.
Cuccinelli's website, VAChildPredators.com, claims that at least 90 people prosecuted under the state's antisodomy laws were sex offenders, and that they would no longer be registered sex offenders if the law is deemed unconstitutional.
The law has been in place since 2003, after the U.S. Supreme Court declared that laws criminalizing gay sex were unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas. In March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the law was invalid because of the high court's ruling on Lawrence v. Texas. Cuccinelli took the issue to the full appellate court in April, and wants the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case.
Cuccinelli, who is also working on a bid to become the state's next governor, has been painted by Democrats as being too conservative on social issues like gay rights and abortion, in an increasingly moderate state. Instead, Cuccinelli's campaign said on the website that his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe's condemnation of the antisodomy law proves that the former Democratic Party chairman is "playing politics instead of protecting our children."
According to the Washington Post, McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin countered that the Democratic candidate "believes our laws should be updated to both conform with court rulings and allow prosecution of predators.