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Ted Cruz, the first official contender for the Presidency in 2016, isn’t one to mince his words. The staunchly conservative Tea Party Senator for Texas has strong opinions on all aspect of social, fiscal and foreign policy.
Cruz is a viable contender for the Republican nomination. Ivy League educated, he advised President Bush (junior) on domestic policy and worked as Texas’ Solicitor General prior to launching his bid for the Senate. As a Tea Party candidate, running on a platform of religious conservatism, he seemed unlikely to win — but win he did, becoming one of the most polarizing figures in the Senate.
It should come as no surprise that Cruz is staunchly opposed to LGBT rights. He favors traditional marriage, rejects nondiscrimination policy, and believes homosexuality is a choice. Launching his bid for the Presidency, Cruz gave an indication of what his White House would resemble:
With that in mind, here are nine of Senator Cruz’s most anti-LGBT statements from the past few years.
(March 2012) — Cruz made clear his views on homosexuality in an email to San Antonio Express-News columnist Peggy Firac. He also reaffirmed his stance on marriage, calling it a “fundamental building block of our society.”
(August 2012) — During the race for the GOP Senate nomination, Cruz blasted his opponent, former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert, for supporting the city’s gay pride parades. Leppert opposed same-sex marriage, but his support for his city’s LGBT residents drew ire from Cruz.
(August 2012) — Speaking at a Christian conference in Florida, ahead of the Republican National Convention, Cruz took the opportunity to blast President Obama for announcing his support for same-sex marriage.
(July 2013) — Cruz believes that same-sex marriage will lead to free speech being curtailed for religious people who voice their oppositions, stating as much during an interview with Christian Broadcast Network’s David Brody.
(February 2014) — Trying to gain support for his State Marriage Defense Act, which would prohibit federal agencies from recognizing same-sex marriages in states where they aren’t yet legal, Cruz criticized gay rights advocates for their efforts to achieve marriage equality.
(October 2014) — Cruz left no uncertainty over his stance on same-sex marriage in a statement released following the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear same-sex marriage ban cases, which legalized marriage in multiple states.
(February 2015) — Cruz doesn’t like the federal government recognizing same-sex marriages, and stated as much when reintroducing his State Marriage Defense Act, which would force federal agencies to adhere to a state’s law on same-sex marriage when dealing with couples in the state, regardless if they were legally married out of state.
(February 2015) — Yep, Cruz really doesn’t want the federal government having any say on marriage equality, as evidenced by this statement at CPAC 2015.
(March 2015) — He isn’t above meddling in D.C. politics either. Rather than represent his Texas constituents, Cruz instead decided to block a D.C. Council bill that would have removed an amendment to the District’s Human Rights Act, which lets religious education institutions discriminate against LGBT students.
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