Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli II launched a website Wednesday showing 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.
Cuccinelli’s website is the newest addition to the Virginia attorney general’s campaign for governor and his office’s appeal of a federal appeals court’s March decision to deem the anti-sodomy law unconstitutional, according to the Huffington Post.
When Cuccinelli’s office appealed the court’s decision in June, Democrats tried to depict him as an extremely conservative Republican, who would line with the far right on social issues concerning gay and women’s rights, according to the Washington Post.
The website, www.vachildpredators.com, displays the locations of 90 Virginia sex offenders who were prosecuted using the anti-sodomy law. 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.
On the site, Cuccinelli says Terry McAuliffe, his democratic opponent in the gubernatorial race, is “playing politics instead of protecting our children.”
James Parrish, the executive director of the gay rights group Equality Virginia, said he thinks Virginia legislatures should bring up new laws that protect children from predators instead of pushing for the anti-sodomy law.
“We agree with the attorney general and do not want child predators out there,” Parrish said. “(Cuccinelli) needs to introduce language that addresses the problem….A blanket sodomy law has no place in Virginia or any other place.”
Cuccinelli have previously stated that he believes “homosexual acts are wrong and should not be accommodated in government policy.”