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Ted Cruz Decries 'Mandatory Gay Marriage,' Calls Backlash Over Anti-LGBT Indiana Law 'Heartbreaking' - VIDEO

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Sen. Ted Cruz claims the Democratic Party is trying to impose "mandatory gay marriage" on America at the expense of religious freedom, and says recent backlash over anti-LGBT laws in Arkansas and Indiana was "heartbreaking." 

Cruz first made the comments at the "Watchmen on the Wall" conference sponsored by the Family Research Council, an anti-LGBT hate group, in Washington on Thursday. Cruz spoke immediately after Wayne Grudem, a theology professor known for his views that men have spiritual leadership over women, and who told the crowd that FRC President Tony Perkins is a modern-day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Time reports:  

“The modern Democratic Party has become so radical, so extreme, that they have determined that their devotion to mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states trumps any allegiance to religious liberty under the First Amendment,” Cruz told the ballroom. “We’ve got an obligation, as this conference recognizes, to be watchmen on the wall.” ... 

In his remarks, Ted Cruz portrayed religion in America as under “assault” and referenced “heartbreaking” religious freedom battles in Indiana and Arkansas, where state lawmakers backed down from laws that critics said would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Cruz made similar statements on Friday during an interview with conservative radio host Eric Metaxas, according to a report from The Houston Chronicle:

"We are seeing today profound threats to religious liberty in America, the greatest threats we've ever seen and just a couple of months ago we had the battles in Indiana and Arkansas when they passed their religious freedom restoration acts," Cruz said. "What happened afterwards was heartbreaking. We saw, number one, a perfect storm of the modern Democratic Party that has gotten so radical and so extreme in its devotion to mandatory gay marriage that they've decided there's no room for the religious liberty protected under the First Amendment. And sadly Democrats joined with big business in an effort to vilify our religious liberty. But what was most striking is how many Republicans, including Republicans running for president in 2016, ran and hid in the hills, were afraid to stand and be counted. I think that Indiana and Arkansas, as Reagan put it, were a time for choosing, that was a sorting moment."

Meanwhile, video has surfaced of an incident we told you about earlier in the week, in which Cruz got into a testy exchange with reporters about gay marriage during a visit to Beaumont, Texas. 

Watch the clip from KBMT-TV, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Ted Cruz Promises To 'Always, Always, Always' Defend Christians' Right to Discriminate Against Gays: VIDEO

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Virulently anti-LGBT senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has promised to "always, always, always" stand for the right of Christian business owners to discriminate against gay people, reports Right Wing Watch.

.@TedCruz addressing pastors now at #WOTW15: http://t.co/ItD36epikp

— Watchmen on the Wall (@WatchmenPastors) May 21, 2015

Speaking yesterday at the "Watchmen on the Wall" conference - sponsored by the highly profitable Family Research Council and presided over by head honcho Tony Perkins - Cruz said:

“The modern Democratic Party has become so radical, so extreme, that they have determined that their devotion to mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states trumps any allegiance to religious liberty under the First Amendment."

Lamenting that other GOP presidential hopefuls were silent following opposition to "religious liberty" bills in Indiana and Arkansas, Superbigot Cruz promised the homophobic gathering "I will always, always, always stand and fight for religious liberty of every American!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

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Gay NYC Hotelier Ian Reisner Again Apologizes for Ted Cruz Debacle, Cuts $20,000 Check for Fire Island Pines Group

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With the firestorm still raging, real estate developer Ian Reisner has once again apologized for his decision to host a reception and dinner at his Manhattan penthouse (alongside business partner Mati Weiderpass) for virulently anti-LGBT senator and 2016 candidate Ted Cruz last month.

Reisner, who back in January paid $10.1 million for a commercial strip along the Fire Island Pines, has also pledged to redouble his support for LGBT causes and cut a $20,000 check for the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association (FIPPOA) PAC. 

In the wake of the controversy, some in the Fire Island Pines community sought to distanced themselves from the two hoteliers. 

FIPPOA President Jay Pagano stated that he had recently met with Reisner and was given the following apology that was read at the group's spring meeting:

Reisner2"Dear Members of our Community, 

First I want to clear up that Mati Weiderpass has zero involvement or ownership in the Pines.    
 
Now let me state unequivocally that I made mistakes. While my initial intention was bi-partisan dialogue about National & Israeli security, I've come to learn that intentions and outcomes are different things. The outcomes of my actions are that I've deeply hurt our community - and I am truly sorry.   
 
In order to help build a stronger community I am taking the following steps: 

- I am renewing and redoubling my commitment as an ardent supporter of LGBT causes.   
 
- I will continue to invest my resources in the Pines, its cultural programs and activities that celebrate the diversity and acceptance of its community members, so that it always holds its rightful place in LGBT history.   

- To this end, today I made a donation to the 'FIPPOA-PAC' -- matching All funds raised in its last active year -- which supports politicians committed to the Pines and to LGBT issues. 

- More so, I will be donating profits from my Pines Investment this summer to the following organizations that I have supported in the past: The LGBT Community Center in NYC & The Jerusalem Open House, as well as to 'Equality Texas' which fights for LGBT rights on one of this countries more challenging fronts. 

- Further, I am in the process of hiring a Director of Community Affairs to serve as a liaison with various LGBT organizations and to guide me in better serving our community. 

- Lastly, I commit to meeting and consulting with community & organizational leaders, to hear their concerns and their ideas so that we can all work together for a better Pines and a stronger LGBT community. 

Please accept these preliminary steps as assurance of my commitment to getting this right and to becoming the community member you deserve." 
 
Pagano added:
 
The letter of apology was received with applause and approval.  I have since been informed that Omar Sharif Jr. from GLAAD was hired as Director of Community Affairs.  $20,000 was wired to the FIPPOA PAC account and Ian has clarified to me that he will be donating "all of his share" of the profits from the Pines investment.  Ian has again asked me to express his intention of getting it right.  
 
Sharif Jr. is a Golden Globe winning Egyptian-Canadian actor who came out back in 2012.
 
Update: Sharif Jr. left his position as National Spokesperson for GLAAD earlier this month. GLAAD is not working with Reisner in any capacity.
 

Ted Cruz, Cornered Again on Gay Rights, Says ISIS is Worse Than He Is

GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was in Beaumont, Texas yesterday, where he received a round of questions from reporters on gay rights, the Washington Post reports.

CruzThis perturbed him:

"Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?” Cruz asked after fielding multiple questions on gay rights.

Cruz then pivoted and pointed at someone else:

“ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals — that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”

Cruz then attacked the encroachment of "mandatory same-sex marriage" as a threat to religious liberty.


Ted Cruz Insists Marriage Equality is the 'Greatest Threat' to Religious Freedom Ever: LISTEN

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Tet it never be said that Ted Cruz isn’t a man of strong, deeply-held convictions. In a recent interview with conservative talk show host Eric Metaxas (pictured below right), the 2016 Republican hopeful doubled down on his already rather obvious views on LGBT-identified people.

Metaxes“We are seeing today profound threats to religious liberty in America, I think the greatest threats we’ve ever seen,” Cruz reasoned when prompted to share his views on gay marriage. “We’re a nation that was founded by men and women who were fleeing religious oppression and coming to seek out a land where everyone of us could worship God Almighty with all of our hearts, minds and souls, and that is under profound jeopardy today.”

In addition to declaring that his opponents on the left were hellbent on destroying purportedly religious foundations upon which the country was built, Cruz went on to explain how in the future, churches would be forced to pay taxes as part of a larger liberal scheme. The plan, he insisted, was laid out in full last month by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli at the onset of the Supreme Court same sex marriage hearings.

“[U]niversities like Notre Dame or Georgetown and Brigham Young or any university that is founded as a Christian university, if it continues to follow biblical teachings on marriage,” Cruz intoned. [T]he federal government is asserting the power to discriminate and persecute them.”

As Right Wing Watch points out, Verrilli said no such thing.

Listen to a clip of Ted Cruz’s latest foray into the land of conservative, conspiratorial hatemongering AFTER THE JUMP...

(h/t Right Wing Watch)

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Gay Hotelier Who Hosted Ted Cruz Reception Vows He Won't Be Silenced By 'Gay Extremists'

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Mati Weiderpass, one of the two gay NYC hoteliers who ignited a firestorm after hosting a reception for Ted Cruz at their Manhattan penthouse last month, has penned an op-ed for The New York Observer in which he lashes out against so-called "gay extremists" who have called for boycotts of Wiederpass-owned establishments. 

Shortly after news of the dinner broke, Weiderpass defended his dinner, saying "people on both sides of the aisle need to be able to communicate with one another even when they ideologically disagree." Later, however, Weiderpass issued an apology saying he "made a terrible mistake," and had "nullified my past efforts and accomplishments in just one week."

It's unclear then why Weiderpass has done yet another about-face and is now once again defending his decision. 

Wrote Weiderpass in the op-ed:

Since hosting a discussion with Texas Senator Ted Cruz in my home, I have been inundated with hateful, biased social media messages, and attacks from gay extremists (do I dare say the word?) who demand inclusion, but do not believe in dialogue. I know in my heart that these attacks do not represent the rich culture and diversity of the gay community. Yet, in our community, as in so many others, the most vocal often dominate the conversation. I hope this op-ed will help heal wounds and continue necessary progress and discussion.

It is amazing that my businesses are being boycotted by some because I hosted a discussion with an elected official. Not a fundraiser. Not an endorsement. A dialogue. What would we say if the Jewish community organized a boycott of a business leader who hosted a private discussion with an important Muslim politician? We know the answer. I am a longtime leader of my community – and proud of who I am and what I have accomplished.

Boycotting me for a discussion?  Since when have we grown so small and intolerant?

He continued:

The next chapter for the advancement of gay rights will require even more support from across the aisle, as many State governments are controlled by Republicans. Although some would like it to be, being gay is not a political affiliation. (For the record, I am a registered Democrat).

Despite media reports to the contrary, I did not organize the Cruz dinner, but did embrace the opportunity—again, in a non-fundraising setting—to discuss a number of important issues, including support for Israel and support for gay rights. In a small group in my living room, I hosted a United States Senator Presidential candidate and asked him how he would feel if his daughter were to tell him she was lesbian. How often do you think he has been asked that?

In the original NYT article that broke the story, the paper noted Cruz "did not mention his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying only that marriage is an issue that should be left to the states."


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