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FLASHBACK: Cuccinelli Supported Obama's Legal Approach On DOMA

February 25, 2011 10:45 am ET by Matt Finkelstein

The Obama Justice Department's decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court has sent anti-gay political figures into something of a panic, with some even suggesting that the president is "violating his oath of office."

Those critics, however, might want to consider the past statements of Virginia Attorney General and conservative legal superstar Ken Cuccinelli (R). As the blog Not Larry Sabato notes, Cuccinelli "campaigned on the principle that the Attorney General shouldn't defend laws that they determined were unconstitutional."

CUCCINELLI: I will not defend what I, in my judgment, deem to be an unconstitutional law. And we don't have the details of the particular law, but there's no guarantee right off the bat that I'm going to defend every single law in Virginia. If I determine it not to be constitutional, I will not defend it. My first obligation is to the Constitution and the people of Virginia.

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Of course, Cuccinelli isn't likely to come rushing to the Obama administration's defense. Cuccinelli has consistently argued against LGBT equality, and even "urged the state's public colleges and universities to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."