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Ellen Page crashes anti-gay Republican’s photo op, grills him on equality

Nick Duffy August 21, 2015
Ellen Page

Ellen Page attends the premiere of Netflix's The Umbrella Academy at ArcLight Hollywood on February 12, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Rich Fury/Getty)

Anti-gay Republican Ted Cruz might have expected a visit to the Iowa State Fair to go smoothly – but actress Ellen Page had other ideas.

The Juno star, who came out as gay last year, cornered the Presidential wannabe as he was flipping burgers for a campaign photo op – and proceeded to grill him about his homophobic beliefs.

Senator Cruz is one of the most notoriously anti-LGBT Republicans in contention for the Presidential nomination, filing desperate bills to permit anti-gay discrimination on religious grounds, and congratulating homophobic businesspeople for refusing to serve gays.

Interjecting during the photo op, the X-Men actress said: “I have a question about LGBT people being fired for being gay or trans.”

Cruz responded “Well, what we’re seeing right now, we’re seeing Bible-believing Christians being persecuted for living according to their faith.”

Page hit back: “But you’re discriminating against LGBT people! Would you use that argument in segregation?”

Cruz attempted to shut down the actress, claiming: “I’m happy to answer your question, but not to have a back-and-forth debate.”

He claimed: “No one has the right to force someone else to abandon their faith and their conscience.

“Imagine, hypothetically, you had a gay florist and imagine two evangelicals wanted to get married and the gay florist decide, ‘You know what, I disagree with your faith and I don’t want to provide flowers’.

“The gay florist has every right to say, I disagree with your faith and don’t want to participate. There’s other places you can buy flowers from.”

Page argued back: “But gay people used to be thrown in jail! It was illegal to be gay in this country. [It’s still happening] all over the world!”

The pair continued to talk for four minutes about LGBT rights – though neither seemed particularly convinced by the other’s arguments.

Page also brought up persecution she witnessed on a recent trip to Jamaica – where she attended a Pride event despite homosexuality being illegal.

However, the actress has posed more difficult questions to Cruz in the past…

More: Anti-gay, Ellen Page, homophobic, Juno, lesbian, Republican, star, Ted Cruz, US, X-Men

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