Ted Cruz Owns a Reporter on Question About Gay Marriage


“You're wincing. You don't want to talk about foreign policy. I recognize you want to ask another question about gay rights. Well, you know. ISIS is executing homosexuals. You want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals. That ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”


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It is no secret that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a candidate for president of the United States, opposes same-sex marriage. 
His stance is more nuanced than many people will recognize since he opposes the reinstitution of the Defense of Marriage Act that President Clinton signed into law. He would leave the matter up to the states and opposed a possible Supreme Court decision that would overturn state laws that ban same-sex marriage. According to a Wednesday story in Real Clear Politics, Cruz was at a campaign stop in Beaumont, Texas when he was ambushed by a local reporter who peppered him with questions on same-sex marriage and gay rights in general.

 Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
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Finally, his patience at an end, Cruz let the reporter have it. “Let me ask a question: Is there something about the left, and I am going to put the media in this category, that is obsessed with sex? Why is it the only question you want to ask concerns homosexuals? Okay, you can ask those questions over and over and over again. I recognize that you're reading questions from MSNBC...
“You're wincing. You don't want to talk about foreign policy. I recognize you want to ask another question about gay rights. Well, you know. ISIS is executing homosexuals. You want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals. That ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”
The argument can be made that Cruz is a far more gay-friendly candidate than Hillary Clinton or President Obama because he is more willing to put an end to the little bit of Mordor in the Middle East called the Islamic State. The reporter decided to dig himself a little deeper by asking Cruz whether he had a personal animosity against gay people, a remarkable question to say the least. Cruz hammered him again.
“Do you have a personal animosity against Christians sir? Your line of questioning is highly curious. You seem fixated on a particular subject. Look, I’m a Christian. Scripture commands us to love everybody and what I have been talking about, with respect to same-sex marriage, is the Constitution, which is what we should all be focused on. The Constitution gives marriage to elected state legislators. It doesn’t give the power of marriage to a president, or to unelected judges to tear down the decisions enacted by democratically elected state legislatures.”
Cruz is considered by many pundits to be a second tier candidate who has little possibility of winning. However, as the reporter found out, one underestimates him at ones peril.
Just as a parting thought, Hot Air reported that a new Gallup Poll found for the first time that the majority of Republicans find gay and lesbian relationships to be morally acceptable. The reason is partly due to the coming of age of young conservatives who are less wedded to social conservatism. It should also be celebrated as a victory for gay people struggling for acceptance and tolerance. The battle for gay rights is all but won.

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