Virginia Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli filed a petition on Tuesday with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to uphold Virginia’s anti-sodomy law.
The court originally overturned the law in March 2013, citing the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision that made Virginia’s law unconstitutional. The court argued that the “crimes against nature” statute criminalized American sexual conduct.
Cuccinelli voiced his concern over the state’s sexual offender registry and noted that at least 90 sexual predators could be removed from the list if the adult-minor provision is unchanged.
The anti-sodomy law is “an important tool that prosecutors use to put child molesters in jail,” Cuccinelli said.
While it appears to Cuccinelli has the best interest of minors in mind, critics of his policies say it is another opposition to gay rights. In the past Cuccinelli has said that gay marriage will lead to polygamy and that “homosexual acts” are wrong and unnatural.
In 2004, Cuccinelli even attempted to reinstate the anti-sodomy law for all situations, not just adult-minor relations, despite his claim otherwise.
According to Mother Jones, 90 percent of Americans would be classified as felons if the Virginia law were to apply nationally.