Two prominent, and gay, Manhattan businessmen are causing a firestorm after agreeing to co-host presidential hopeful Ted Cruz in their home for a “fireside chat” in a swanky Central Park penthouse. Let’s just put it this way: the meeting has not been received well by gay rights supporters who are trying to figure out “how the heck could they do such a thing?” Even Ted Cruz’s own supporters are going: “he is hanging out with two, you know, queers? I thought he wanted out vote?”
Ted Cruz is not just any right-wing politician. He has been one of the most outspoken dissidents of same-sex marriage, even urging pastors nationwide to preach to their followers that marriage is, in fact, supposed to be between a man and a woman, and that “God himself” takes this very position.
Still, these views, no matter how strong and self-righteous they may be, apparently don’t matter when you’re running for president and you need all the wealthy friends you can get to fundraise you right into our nations highest office.
It’s amazing how quickly Cruz’s tone changed in front of a dozen or so guests while he was standing directly inside of a gay man’s home. Not surprisingly, Ted Cruz didn’t even mention his views on same-sex marriage, and even pandered to this new-found audience of his, making it almost seem as if he changed his mind entirely on the matter.
If one of my daughters was gay, I would love them just as much.
But, this wasn’t fooling anybody. As soon as word got out, scores of protests broke out in front of the wealthy businessmen’s well-known gay-friendly hotel. A Facebook page was even created calling for people to boycott them. So far, the page has received over 10,000 likes.
Ian Reisner tried to play damage control by telling the world he was sorry for such a stupid decision.
His partner, Mati Weiderpass, for his part, did not want to start apologizing for anything, and instead tried to spin what had happened as somehow Ted Cruz being in his home was helping the gay movement. But, people weren’t buying it.
Later, when he realized this approach wouldn’t work he changed his tune, and decided that his spouses decision to apologize for such an outrageous idea, was right on the money. He issued an apology of his own.
I made a terrible mistake. Unfortunately, I cannot undo this. You taught me a painful but important lesson. The people that know me know the work that I have done over the last 20 years for the advancement of gay rights. Today, I came to realize that I might have nullified my past efforts and accomplishments in just one week. On the eve of this momentous legal occasion at the Supreme Court, I dedicate myself to work even harder to advance our cause that I share with the LGBT community; our community. Again, to all that I have hurt, please accept my sincerest apologies.
Silly rabbits. Don’t you know that Ted Cruz isn’t for kids? Nor anybody for that matter?
Featured image: Ted Cruz and Mati Weirderpass