Some people just didn’t get the memo.
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo! reporter Katie Couric, republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas announced that, though the Supreme Court of the United States voted 5-4 to give gay and lesbian couples the rights of legal marriage, he would continue to fight against that right.
Cruz feels that the court’s decision, which has created a firestorm of outrageous reactions, is a “profound threat to the religious liberty to millions of men and women,” regardless of faith.
Cruz’s dissension stems from many conservatives’ misguided belief that gays and lesbians will force religions to marry gay and lesbian couples and accept those marriages against their will:
Society has no right to force a Jewish rabbi to perform a Christian wedding ceremony.Society has no right to force a Muslim imam to perform a Jewish wedding ceremony.
“There’s nothing in the Constitution that demands we tear down the marriage laws in every state,” Cruz, a conservative Christian, continued. “I am eager to fight for religious liberty.”
Couric then asked Cruz whether he felt he was “out of step” with the rest of America. A recent poll shows that 60 percent of Americans feel that homosexuals should have the right to marry. Cruz responded:
I’m not at all. I think it‘s wrong when our elected leaders are lying to the American people and treating us like we’re stupid,” the first-term senator said. “People are fed up with politicians who say one thing and do another.
When asked to clarify that position, Cruz simply said:
The Supreme Court represents the elites in New York and Washington, D.C.
In an interview with Politco, Cruz went so far as to suggest that any states not specifically named in the lawsuit Obergefell vs. Hodges simply ignore the ruling, unless a judicial order is issued.
“[O]n a great many issues, others have largely acquiesced, even if they were not parties to the case,” the former Supreme Court clerk added, “but there’s no legal obligation to acquiesce to anything other than a court judgement.”
Unfortunately for Cruz, federal district and circuit courts must now follow the Supreme Court’s decision and judge any states ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional.
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