WATCH: Ted Cruz quizzed on gay rights records by gay Republican voter
The anti-gay presidential wannabe was asked if he would protect gay rights if elected to the White House.
Ted Cruz argued that it his Constitutional right to oppose same-sex marriage earlier today, after being challenged on the issue by a gay Republican voter.
Responding to a question from Todd Calogne – a married gay man and registered Republican – Cruz said the Constitution protects the rights of all citizens equally.
“When it comes to religious liberty, religious liberty is something that protects all of us; it applies to Christians, it applies to Jews, it applies to Muslims, it applies to atheists,” Cruz – who recently backed the anti-gay law in North Carolina – told ABC News.
“That freedom ultimately protects each and every one of us.”
When further quizzed about the Supreme Court ruling – which legalised gay marriage nationally – Cruz argued that marriage laws should be settled on the state level rather than the federal level.
“If someone wants to change the marriage laws, I don’t think it should be five unelected lawyers down in Washington,” he said.
“We would expect the people in New York to adopt different laws than perhaps in California or Texas or Florida.”
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The Republican politician is currently challenging Donald Trump for his party’s Presidential nomination, but has faced tough questions about his links to ‘kill the gays’ pastors and listed hate groups, many of whom Cruz has personally welcomed or lists as endorsements on his website.
Cruz is apparently “proud” to be backed by Linda Harvey of Mission: America, who claims homosexuality is a result of child molestation and demonic possession.
A militant opponent of gay rights, Cruz is also one of six Republican candidates to have backed a new ‘religious freedom’ law which would allow religious people to discriminate against married gay couples – while he also plans to void same-sex marriage entirely.
Watch the from ‘Good Morning America’ clip below: