Ted Cruz came face-to-face with a gay Republican during a Town Hall on Good Morning America this morning, and was unable to provide an intelligible answer when the man stood up and asked, “What would you do as President to protect me and my husband from institutionalized discrimination?”
The question came from Todd Calogne, the owner of a pizza parlor in New York City who says he is leaning toward Donald Trump. He married his husband two years ago and identifies as a lifelong Republican.
Calogne prompted his question by talking about the “religious freedom laws and somewhat institutionalized discrimination laws” happening in states like North Carolina and Mississippi.
Cruz, of course, doesn’t have a plan to protect Calogne and his husband from institutionalized discrimination because he actually intends to do the opposite, and has vowed to work on reversing the Supreme Court’s recent decision on same-sex marriage.
“When it comes to religious liberty, religious liberty is something that protects every one of us. Religious liberty it applies to Christians, it applies to Jews, it applies to Muslims, it applies to atheists. 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 conscience. That freedom ultimately protects each and every one of us. We shouldn’t have the right to force others to knuckle under and give up their faith, give up their belief.”
Pressed further by George Stephanopoulos about his support for a federal marriage amendment, which would effectively nullify Calogne’s marriage, Cruz said that “under the constitution, marriage is a question for the states.”
“That has been the case since the very beginning of this country – that it’s been up to the states,” he added.
“And so if someone wants to change the marriage laws I don’t think it should be five unelected lawyers down in Washington. Dictating that. And even if you happen to agree with that particular decision, why would you want to hand over every important public policy issue to five unelected lawyers who aren’t accountable to you, who don’t work for you. Instead, convince your fellow citizens to change the laws.”
Todd’s reaction, from the back row:
Watch Cruz’s full response below: