Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the Virginia Attorney General and 2013 gubernatorial candidate, defended his anti-gay beliefs when challenged by Democrat Terry McAuliffe during a Saturday debate.
“My personal beliefs about the personal challenges of homosexuality haven’t changed,” Cuccinelli said, after being called out on comments he made about homosexuality more than five years ago.
"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," Cuccinelli told a meeting of the Family Foundation, the lobby that fights in Richmond against abortion.
Cuccinelli noted he’s not alone in his beliefs.
“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 Repulicans,” he said. “There are lots of Virginians, millions, perhaps, of Virginians, who share my sincerely held beliefs.”
Cuccinelli recently launched a new website that casts Virginia's anti-sodomy law as a valuable tool to protect children. The site doesn't just argue for the law -- it also attacks McAuliffe, accusing him of "playing politics" instead of "protecting our children."
The new website displays the locations of Virginia sex offenders who were prosecuted using the state’s anti-sodomy law, as part of an ongoing effort to frame the recently invalidated law as a line of defense against child predators.
The site encourages viewers to see the whereabouts of sex offenders “who may be removed from the Sex Offender Registry” if the court does not accept the appeal.