Republican Ted Cruz is one of the most vocal anti-gay members of the GOP. He is such a homophobe that he rushed to Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis’ side the moment she was released from jail after being arrested for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. So, when he when he was confronted by a gay Republican voter on Good Morning America it could only end one of two ways 1) badly or 2) badly.
During a forum on the morning show, Todd Calogne asked Ted Cruz about the “religious liberty” laws he champions:
I’ve noticed a lot of religious freedom laws and somewhat institutionalized discrimination laws happening around the country. What would you as president do to protect me and my husband from that institutionalized discrimination?
Cruz responded by basically saying he would do nothing to protect him:
Well listen, when it comes to religious liberty, religious liberty is something that protects every one of us. It is the very first amendment, very first phrase protected in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. And religious liberty applies to Christians, it applies to Jews, it applies to Muslims, it applies to atheists. And all of us, we want to live in a world where we don’t have the government dictating our beliefs, dictating how we live, we have a right to live according to our faith, according to our conscious. And that free ultimately protects each and every one of us and we shouldn’t have the right to force others to knuckle under and give up their faith and give up their belief. And for me, I mean I have spent my entire adult life fighting to defend religious liberty, fighting for every one of us to seek out and worship God and I think keeping government out of the way of your life protects the freedom of every one of us.
Ummmm… he literally didn’t answer the question at all. Not only did he not answer it, but you’ll notice he did not say that these laws protect gay people. In fact, what he said was that bigots should not be “forced to knuckle under” and tolerate same-sex couples. He thinks that granting everyone the right to marry somehow forces him and the asshats like him to give up their faith.
Sadly, that is a belief that is held by most Republicans. So one has to wonder why Todd would belong to a party that so freely discriminates against him and his partner? It’s like Todd is punching himself in the face over and over every single time he goes to a polling place.
Watch the rest of Cruz’s non-answer below:
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