Cuccinelli’s Anti-DOMA and Prop 8 Brief Draws Outrage from State Dems
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Openly gay VA Senator Adam Ebbin and Democratic Party of VA Chair Delegate Charniele Herring denounced an anti-gay amicus brief Attorney General, and Republican gubernatorial candidate, Ken Cuccinelli issued to the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year. Cuccinelli’s brief, issued in January 2013, suggested legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy.
According to ABC News, Cuccinelli co-authored the brief in response to the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.
“Once the natural limits that inhere in the relationship between a man and a woman can no longer sustain the definition of marriage, the conclusion that follows is that any grouping of adults would have an equal claim to marriage,” stated the brief.
Ebbin and Herring countered Cuccinelli’s argument, suggesting the current AG’s values represented a minority in the state “That statement is an example of how low Ken Cuccinelli and his extreme allies would stoop to ensure that two adults, who love each other and happen to be gay or lesbian, remain second-class citizens in our country,” said Herring.
Herring went on to express the absurdity of Cuccinelli’s claims. “Legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples is not any more likely to open the door for polygamy than it is to make the sky fall,” said Herring. “If Ken Cuccinelli thought he could say that to scare people into advancing his extreme moral agenda, he probably would”
Ebbin, Virginia’s only openly gay legislator, went on to express his concerns over Cuccinelli’s strong views. “I’m extremely disappointed that [Cuccinelli] spends our tax dollars and time on fear-mongering attacks on those who simply want the same rights as our fellow Americans and fellow Virginians have,” said Ebbin. “I would ask…what proof he has that giving gay and lesbian partners the right to marry would lead to anything but more marriages between loving…people and [more] protections for their children and them”
During the conference, Ebbin referenced Cuccinelli’s past statements on homosexuality, reaffirming the gubernatorial candidate’s vehement anti-LGBT beliefs.
“He’s the same politician who once said: ‘When you look at the homosexual agenda, I cannot support something that I believe brings nothing but self-destruction–not only physically, but of their soul,” quoted Ebbin.
With the upcoming gubernatorial election in Virginia in mind, Ebbin and Herring expressed the importance of a governor who puts the rights of Virginian’s ahead of a personal and spiritual agenda.
“Cuccinelli continues to deny the realities of the 21st Century,” said Ebbin. “We need a governor who is going to lead us forward, not backwards”
Ken Cuccinelli is the Republican candidate for the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race. His opponent, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, has expressed support for both marriage equality and equal protections in state employment – both issues Cuccinelli has vocally opposed.
Maya Earls and is a second-year journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was born in Los Angeles, and moved to Richmond in 2000. Her first journalism experience was managing social media for the Rock4Life benefit concert.She enjoys exploring Richmond on her bike and finding good views of the river. Her favorite past-time is watching people dance in their cars from her apartment window.
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