Cruz Says Focus Not on Opposing Gay Marriage

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz has long remained an ardent opponent of marriage equality, arguing that the Supreme Court “crossed a line” when it decided that same-sex couples had a right to marry regardless of individual states’ wishes. However, a secret tape obtained by Politico reveals that the GOP presidential candidate does not consider the fight against gay marriage to be a “top-three priority.”

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The tape comes from a closed-door fundraiser, where Cruz addressed a group of well-heeled donors at a New York City fundraiser. “I would say defending the Constitution is a top priority. And that cuts across the whole spectrum — whether it’s defending [the] First Amendment, defending religious liberty, stopping courts from making public policy issues that are left to the people,” Cruz said.

“I also think the 10th Amendment of the Constitution cuts across a whole lot of issues and can bring people together,” he added. “People of New York may well resolve the marriage question differently than the people of Florida or Texas or Ohio. … That’s why we have 50 states — to allow a diversity of views. And so that is a core commitment.”

Cruz has repeatedly stated that the issue of marriage equality should be left to the states to decide, so the opinion that he expressed behind closed doors does not go against his prior words. However, Cruz has also insisted time and again upon his commitment to protecting Christian values, particularly in the face of a Supreme Court that has made several rulings found controversial to evangelical conservatives.

At a recent Tulsa, Oklahoma campaign stop, Cruz dismissed Politico’s reporting as a non-issue. “It was striking, you know, Politico runs this, you know, banner headline, ‘Secret Tape.’ And it’s almost word for word what I’ve said on Jay Leno. It’s almost word for word what I said on Stephen Colbert. It ain’t very secret,” he told reporters. “I know Colbert may not have a ton of viewers, but saying it on national TV is not a great plan for keeping something secret.”

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  • RealityObserver

    Well, he is right. Homosexual “marriage” is not a “big three” issue. Although it is a symptom of one of them – the existence of SCOTUS justices that rewrite the Constitution at whim.

    Fix that issue, and SSM will go away – all it takes is one case where they actually do rule for the equal protection of the law. One case by an unmarried person to eliminate all of the financial incentives that were the actual motivation for every last one of these lawsuits.

    • James

      Never understood the obsession with gay marriage. Most marriages end in divorce now. Cheating is constant. How does marriage like that have any great virtue?

      It doesn’t. But that doesn’t pay the campaign dollars now does it.

      Like I care if two dudes are fluffing each other across town. Now if they were yiffing…heresy.

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