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Ted Cruz: I'm The Biggest Anti-Gay Bigot In The 2016 GOP Presidential Field

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Facing intense competition for the anti-gay vote, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is aiming to set himself apart from the rest of the 2016 GOP presidential field. 

The Republican Primary promises to feature a healthy crop of truly formidable homophobes, from Rick Santorum to Mike Huckabee to Bobby Jindal to Ben Carson

But in a speech on Monday in Iowa, Cruz laid claim to the notion that he may be the No. 1 opponent of same-sex marriage. From The Des Moines Register

Cruz, R-Texas, described the ongoing shift toward legal recognition for gay couples as an "unrelenting assault on traditional marriage," and castigated judges who have struck down prohibitions for "ignoring their oaths, ignoring the Constitution and legislating from the bench."

The issue is one that Cruz said distinguishes him from other potential candidates in what looks to be a crowded 2016 presidential field. While others have de-emphasized or dropped altogether their opposition to same-sex marriage, he said, he would continue to make it a priority.

Cruz delivered his speech to a crowd of about 200 Iowa religious leaders and their spouses behind closed doors in a hotel ballroom in Des Moines. Although the American Renewal Project's "Pastors and Pews" event was closed to the press, reporters were able to hear and record Cruz's remarks from the corridor outside.

Cruz went on to call President Barack Obama "an apologist for radical Islamic terrorism." Also attending the event was Cruz's whacko father, Rafael Cruz, and it reportedly ended with attendees "laying hands" on the senator for an extended period. 

While it's truly scary that he's a US senator, let alone a presidential candidate, we're not going to argue with Cruz's claim about marriage, even though Huckabee or Santorum might have something to say. After all, Cruz is the author of legislation that would strip federal benefits from same-sex couples who live in states that don't recognize same-sex marriage, and he plans to introduce a federal marriage amendment later this year. 

The question is, while it may play well with social conservatives in Iowa, where Santorum won in 2012, will the anti-gay marriage card work in other early primary states like Nevada and New Hampshire, especially if the U.S. Supreme Court delivers nationwide marriage equality in June? Or will Cruz's campaign ultimately fizzle because he happens to be a total nutjob? 

For a look at what the other GOP presidential hopefuls have said about marriage, check out this recent report from CNN


Family Research Council Plans Another Anti-Gay Hatefest In Houston Next Week

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For the second time in four months, the Family Research Council will host an anti-gay hatefest at a Houston megachurch next week. 

Back in November, FRC staged an "I Stand Sunday" rally in response to the city of Houston's decision to subpoena the sermons of pastors as part of its defense of an Equal Rights Ordinance. 

SummitNext week's two-day event, the "National Stand Summit," reportedly is designed exclusively for pastors and will be held at the same venue, Grace Community Church. Speakers at the National Stand Summit will include GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, reality TV star Josh Duggar, Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, FRC President Tony Perkins, FRC radio host Craig James and fired Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, among others.  

The event is being promoted by the US Pastor Council, which led opposition to Equal Rights Ordinances in Houston and Plano. In both cases, the cities rejected the Pastor Council's petitions seeking to overturn the ordinances. In Houston, the Pastor Council filed suit, and that case is pending. 

 


GOP 2016 Hopefuls Punt on Alabama Gay Marriage Questions

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While Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's pageantry plays out over the gay marriage fight in his state, Politico notes a number of likely GOP 2016 contenders are choosing to sit this one out.

When pressed on the fight in the Deep South state, where the chief justice has ordered county officials to ignore a federal court ruling permitting same-sex marriages, likely GOP 2016 contenders reached by POLITICO or interviewed elsewhere have largely tried to sidestep specifics.

Even some of the most conservative hopefuls prefer instead to talk more broadly about federalism and states’ rights, comments that come as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right applicable nationwide.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s answer is a typical example: “The problem is, I just don’t know the details of what arguments they are using” in Alabama, he said, adding that while he has “always believed that marriage has always been defined by states and regulated by states and should continue to be,” he would respect the Supreme Court decision.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is pushing a constitutional amendment to require that the federal government defer to the states on same-sex marriage, also avoided discussing the particulars of the Alabama case. “My view is that marriage is a question for the states,” he said.

CarsonPolitico adds the one notable exception was Dr. Ben Carson (right), who defended Moore's obstructionist efforts and said Moore "understands the importance of preserving states’ rights in the modern post-Civil War world in which we live."

The article also goes on to point out how other contenders like Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee are addressing the Alabama question and the wider issue of a likely future where nationwide marriage equality is the law of the land. 

Read the full article here


'Documentary' on Impending Criminalization of Christianity Features a Who's Who of Anti-gay GOP Loons: VIDEO

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Last week, we reported on an upcoming religious "documentary" titled Light Wins: How to Overcome the Criminalization of Christianity detailing the supposed persecution of Christians at the hands of the LGBT fight for equality.

In that first preview video released, we saw Mike Huckabee and Scott Lively spouting anti-gay bile. Now, Right Wing Watch has pointed to a second preview featuring a number of current GOP congressmen with piss poor track records on equality issues.

Featured in the new preview:

  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) - Compared gay rights advocates to Nazis and has expressed his concern that same-sex massages in the military will leave gay military service members "vulnerable to terrorism".
  • Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) - Claimed the Supreme Court's DOMA ruling was an attack on Jesus Christ and harmful to children. In 2013, he also reintroduced the Federal Marriage Amendment which would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage nationwide. 
  • Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) - In 2011 proposed impeaching Obama over the president's support for the repeal of DOMA. 
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) - Called a federal judge's ruling overturning Kentucky's ban on gay marriage "illegitimate". He also landed in hot water in 2013 after linking gay marriage to polygamy and "non-human" marriage.  

Rather than sum up the jaw-dropping statements made in the second preview of this sham film, it might be best if you just check it out yourself AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mike Huckabee Says Anti-LGBT 'Hate Groups' Speak the Truth, Compares Gay Marriage to Nazism: VIDEO

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For being such a devout Christian, Mike Huckabee isn't on very firm ground with the commandment against lying. In a public speaking appearance, Huckabee gets riled up about how people who speak "too freely" and come from the "perspective of faith" are accused of hate speech...conveniently leaving out that the people who are accused of hate speech typically aren't simple god-fearing devout followers of the Bible being condemned for their faith, but rather are nasty people spewing, well, hate.

Continuing the story of maligned religious groups, the "craziest thing" he's ever heard is how some of the Christian groups he knows are actually labeled as hate groups. He doesn't name names, conspicuously enough, but some educated guesses can be made. Contrary to Huckabee's lie that they were labeled hate groups because "they said something someone disagreed with", they're actually labeled hate groups because:

Huckabee then goes full-Godwin by comparing the evil of the Nazis in the Holocaust who rounded up and exterminated legions of Jews for their faith by lying to them to the "lie" that the definition of marriage can include same-sex couples and the government is destroying businesses because of the faith of their owners.

As long as we're playing the "Let's cynically invoke Nazis to make people look horrible" game, how about this: the Nazis were huge supporters of animal rights and conservation. Mike Huckabee's son, David, brutally tortured and slaughtered a stray dog by hanging it, stoning it, and slitting its throat, and Mike Huckabee tried to squash the story. So....David and Mike Huckabee are worse than Nazis, right?

Huckabee has always been a piece of work, but these latest videos are beyond the pale, even for him. You can watch them, being fully forewarned that they are rage-inducing, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mike Huckabee and Dave Garrison Muse On President Obama's 'Coming Out' - LISTEN

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Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee made a special appearance on Dave Garrison’s “Faith & Liberty” radio talk show to promote his new book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy and to muse about what a Huckabee presidency might have looked like had he been elected when he ran back in 2008.

“Even though he didn’t call the family of Chris Kyle, the ‘American Sniper,’ when he was killed for all he had done for his country, he picks up the phone and calls an NFL football player and congratulates him for being homosexual,” he said. “How bizarre is that?”

“Since the president ‘came out,’ so to speak, you see court after court suddenly deciding that same-sex marriage is just fine; I’m convinced that it’s the president having given this legitimacy and sense of authority to the issue that has changed the debate.”

For his part of the conversation Garrison bemoaned Right Wing Watch's coverage of his notoriously nutty program, claiming that gay rights supporters were growing increasingly intolerant of others’ beliefs.

Listen to excerpts from Huckabee and Garrison's conversation AFTER THE JUMP...

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