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Cuccinelli, gay marriage and the 10th amendment

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is catching the attention of Republicans across the country because of his stance regarding gay marriage that he revealed in an interview with NBC12.

This issue is thorny because social conservatives disagree with gay marriage, but they also don't believe the federal government should tell the states what to do.

Cuccinelli's response drew an interesting opinion from a Republican group that supports gay rights.

To be clear, Cuccinelli believes that marriage should be confined to one man and one woman, but he also has made one of his first priorities to defend the states — like Virginia — from the far reach of the federal government.

"If it is a gray area, the federal government shouldn't be able to do it."

As much as he opposes gay marriage, he believes that if a state legalizes gay marriage, like New York recently did, the Feds should stay out of it.

"Frankly, I think it is worth some consideration for the things that aren't reached by the federal constitution to just leave it to each state."

Our interview with Cuccinelli was picked up by the Huffington Post, which in turn asked the Log Cabin Republicans — a GOP group that supports gay rights, what they thought of the attorney general's stance.

"The Cuccinelli position surprised me," said Christian Berle, deputy executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans. "He is somebody who rarely has found anything but negative to say about gay and lesbian Americans."

It is an issue that is not going to go away, and, in Cuccinelli's mind, a patch work of state's each with different standards is not a bad thing.

"There's nothing constitutionally or historically that demands that this be addressed uniformly across the country."

Perhaps a cue for what could happen as the debate moves forward.

You can see the complete interview with Ken Cuccinelli on decisionvirginia.com.

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