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Duggars campaign for anti-gay Va. gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli

Saturday, October 12, 2013
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RICHMOND, Va. — A busload of reality television stars – all from the same family – will cruise through Virginia to support anti-gay Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

The Duggar family from the TLC series “19 Kids and Counting” is planning a three-day bus tour starting Monday.

The Duggars

The Duggars

The Duggars will make stops in Lynchburg, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg and Woodbridge in support of Cuccinelli, the father of seven.

During seven years as a state senator and in the past four year as Virginia’s attorney general, Cuccinelli has endorsed Virginia’s anti-gay marriage legislation and has advocated for a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

In a 2009 op-ed for the The Virginian Pilot, Cuccinelli wrote, “Homosexual acts are wrong. They’re intrinsically wrong.”

He also opposed a state bill that allowed private companies to voluntarily provide health insurance benefits to employees’ domestic partners, warning it might “encourage this type of behavior.”

Cuccinelli also waged a failed campaign to reinstate Virginia’s “crimes against nature” sodomy law that bans oral and anal sex among all consenting adults.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider his appeal.

The Duggar tour is sponsored by Family Research Council Action. The executive director of the conservative advocacy group is 25-year-old Josh Duggar, the oldest of the 19 Duggar children.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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