Ted Cruz: Freedom won't survive unless we deny gay people theirs

The Republicans' anti-gay rock star explains why states must be allowed to ban marriage equality

Published March 10, 2015 5:56PM (EDT)

  (AP/Jim Cole)
(AP/Jim Cole)

Continuing his long-running crusade against marriage equality, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told an Iowa radio host Monday that liberty is imperiled unless Congress passes his amendment allowing states to deny gay couples the right to marry.

"If the citizens of the state of Iowa or the citizens of the state of Texas want to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman … the states have the constitutional authority to do so and the federal government and unelected judges cannot set aside the democratically elected legislature’s reasonable decisions to enact and protect traditional marriage," Cruz told radio host Jan Mickelson.

The likely 2016 presidential candidate added, “If the courts were following the Constitution, we shouldn’t need a new amendment, but they are, as you put it quite rightly, making it up right now and it’s a real danger to our liberty."

One might ask about the liberty of gay couples who wish to form marital bonds, but it appears that his views on the matter were molded by his crackpot father, who is rather fond of the notion that ex-gay "therapy" can bring gay people back to the "Christian, biblical standpoint.”

Listen to Cruz's anti-gay demagoguery below, via Right Wing Watch:

By Luke Brinker

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