Hot Springs, VA, played host to a gubernatorial debate this weekend, and while discussions of transportation, teacher’s salaries, and personal pot-shots batted back and forth between candidates (R) Ken Cuccinelli and (D) Terry McAuliffe, each candidate’s stance on LGBT issues was mentioned, albeit briefly.
Cuccinelli reaffirmed his distaste for the ‘homosexual agenda,’ and said his views on the LGBT population hadn’t changed since he was last pressed on the topic. “My personal beliefs about the personal challenges of homosexuality haven’t changed,” said Cuccinelli, when asked if his 2008 comments on homosexuality, that it’s “against nature and harmful to society,” had advanced at all.
Cuccinelli went on to defend his beliefs, saying he was not alone in this battle. “The notion that because I believe marriage ought to be protected, because I believe life begins at conception — just like hundreds of thousands of independents and Democrats — this isn’t just me, it isn’t just Republicans,” said Cuccinelli, according to the Huffington Post. “There are lots of Virginians, millions, perhaps, of Virginians, who share my sincerely held beliefs.”