President Donald Trump reportedly plans to install Ken Cuccinelli—the former Virginia attorney general who tried to outlaw consensual anal and oral sex—as director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The President had reportedly planned to hire Cuccinelli to coordinate border policy, but will instead now nominate him to lead the entire immigration system to succeed him.
The agency’s current director, L. Francis Cissna, resigned his post on Friday (May 24) according to the Washington Post, succumbing to pressure from within the Trump administration.
However it appears unlikely that Cuccinelli will win the necessary Senate approval.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has previously expressed his dislike of Cucuinelli when he was being floated as a possible candidate for secretary of Homeland Security.
“I have expressed my, shall I say, lack of enthusiasm for one of them… Ken Cuccinelli,” McConnell said at a briefing on April 11.
Ken Cuccinelli tried to ban anal sex
As Virginia’s attorney general, Cuccinelli campaigned to hold on to anti-sodomy laws which banned anal and oral sex between consenting adults of any sexual orientation.
The ban was in place until 2013, when a three-judge panel ruled that it was unconstitutional based on a 2003 Supreme Court decision.
Cuccinelli wanted to use the law to prosecute a 47-year-old man who had had consensual oral sex with two women aged 16 and 17—above the age of consent in Virginia.
He filed an appeal with the Supreme Court to reinstate the ban, but was denied.
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