Old Thesis May Haunt McDonnell's Run for Governor

By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer
By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer

A thesis gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell wrote in 1989 urges Republicans to shield two-parent, heterosexual families against abortion, feminism, welfare, "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators."

The paper was disclosed Sunday by The Washington Post as Democrats look to erase McDonnell's lead in polls by portraying him as an extremist. Election day is about two months away.

McDonnell was 34 when he wrote the paper as part of his law and master's degree requirements at Regent University, the Christian college founded by Pat Robertson.

The paper praises most of the social legislation President Ronald Reagan and the Republicans enacted in the 1980s.

It blames tax policy and court rulings since the 1960s for weakening families.

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