Friday, October 30, 2009

Ken Cuccinelli's Bigotry Should Be Embrassing For Virginians

At a time when you didn't think there could be much more bigotry coming out of a statewide ticket, it looks like Ken Cuccinelli has proven that the Republican Party of Virginia is lead by a bunch of wignuts. In an interview with the Virginia Pilot, Cuccinelli said that it's appropriate for the country to have laws against homosexuality. As the Washington Post pointed out in an editorial today that said Cuccinelli's sentiments "retrofit the old rhetoric of racism, bias and intolerance in a new context," these statements are absolutely horrible and its a shame that Cuccinelli even has a chance of being elected as Virginia's next Attorney General.
Homosexual acts, said Mr. Cuccinelli, currently a state senator, are "intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law-based country it's appropriate to have policies that reflect that. . . . They don't comport with natural law. I happen to think that it represents (to put it politely; I need my thesaurus to be polite) behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society."

Putting aside what Mr. Cuccinelli has to say about homosexuals when he's not trying so hard to be polite, let's call his comments what they are: bigotry. Bigotry is as pernicious today, applied to homosexuals, as it was a century ago or less, when immigrants and minorities were its main victims. And it is just as familiar. Appeals to "natural law" and "intrinsic" rights and wrongs were the usual cliches deployed to justify the old-time religion of hatred then directed at African Americans, Jews, Italians, Irish and other immigrants.
When you combine Cuccinelli's statements with the fact that Bob McDonnell has said he won't renew the executive order that bans LGBT Virginians from being fired by state agencies solely based upon their sexual orientation, I think it's quite clear where the GOP statewide ticket stands on discrimination. They think it's okay and appear to have no problem admitting it.

I actually feel as though it's truly embarrassing that people like Ken Cuccinelli and Bob McDonnell might be elected to the highest positions of state government even though they believe people should be to fire people based solely upon who they love. While we definitely had a lot more work to do in regards to equality, I thought Virginia was better than that. With all the extremist rhetoric that's already been used by the leaders of the GOP on both the state and national level, however, I supposed we shouldn't be too surprised to hear this kind of bigotry promoted by a candidate.


  1. If you want to stand up against Cuccinelli's anti-gay agenda, vote for Steve Shannon on Tuesday!

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