That is what a reader told me he and his partner call their home state of Virginia. And, living across the bridge from that godforsaken state, I really am now wondering how queers would choose to live among those people. (The civil war reenactments are more than enough evidence that the place is a completely backwards place — why would the LOSERS want to reenact a war?)

The Washington Blade reported a few moments ago, that Virginia has upheld the convictions of two men for soliciting sodomy:

The Virginia Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of two men who were convicted of “solicitation to commit sodomy” earlier this month.

The solicitation charge, which carries a three-year maximum jail sentence, is based on Virginia’s “Crimes Against Nature” law, which states:

“If a person carnally knows in any manner … any male or female person by the anus or by the mouth, or voluntarily submits to such carnal knowledge, he or she shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.”

Over a year ago I submitted proof to the Virginia Attorney General’s office about the same crime: Incontrovertible proof showed that then-US Rep. Ed Schrock did exactly what these two men did… Then-Attorney General Jerry Kilgore’s office took no action.

The mug shot that never happened —
Ed Schrock, proof of Virginia’s selective enforcement
of sodomy laws against non-Republicans

Could it be because like Kilgore, Schrock is a GOP Republican? Or could it be because Kilgore himself was the target of many gay rumors during his recently lost Gubernatorial bid? I spent quite a bit of time chasing leads (across the country, no less) on Mr. Kilgore. In light of his office’s culpability in this case, I’ll let you know more about that next week.

Now, before anyone runs off and says “blogACTIVE is about to out Jerry Kilgore,” slow down. That is not going to happen. BUT, the very fact that so many Virginians just THINK Jerry Kilgore might be gay may just be what pressed his office to fight against these gay men. And certainly the questions hanging over the campaign did have an effect….

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