It isn’t news to anyone that Ted Cruz is not a fan of the LGBT community. Many of his comments regarding our rights as American citizens would make you think he is running for office in 1816, not 2016.
In the past, Cruz has made comments that would be more expected from members of the Westboro Baptist Church, than a United States Senator from Texas.
In January, the HRC reviewed where the GOP candidates for President stood on issues that affect our community. A review of some of Cruz’ past comments include…..
Cruz Said Justice Kennedy Showed Utter Contempt For People By Supporting Marriage Equality And “People Are Not Obliged To Obey Justices Who Are Defying The Constitution.” The Washington Examiner reported: “Cruz said he found Kennedy’s comments ‘stunning.’ ‘His opinion that [marriage between one man and one woman] is no longer sufficiently enlightened is not law,’ Cruz said. ‘People are not obliged to obey justices who are defying the Constitution, defying the law, who are committing acts of judicial tyranny. ‘And these statements from Justice Kennedy show just the utter contempt he has for the rights of the people to pass the laws to govern ourselves,’ he said.” [Washington Examiner, 11/13/2015]
Cruz Said Arrest Of Kentucky Clerk Was “Judicial Tyranny…This Is Not America. I Stand With Kim Davis. Unequivocally.” In a statement, Cruz said “Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America. I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to choose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court opinion….“I call upon every Believer, every Constitutionalist, every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis. Stop the persecution now.” [TedCruz.org, Statement on Arrest Of Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis, 9/3/2015]
Cruz: “When A Mayor Of A City Chooses Twice To March In A Parade Celebrating Pride, That’s A Statement – And It’s Not A Statement I Agree With.” “Cruz: What I am saying is that when a mayor of a city chooses twice to march in a parade celebrating gay pride, that’s a statement – and it’s not a statement I agree with.” [KERA, 2/22/12; VIDEO]
Cruz: “I Believe That Engaging In Homosexual Conduct Is A Choice.” “On to Cruz, the former state solicitor general who prides himself on tough talk but ignored the question I e-mailed in favor of the one he wanted to answer: ‘I believe that engaging in homosexual conduct is a choice, and I do not believe that unelected judges should force States to adopt gay marriage, against the wishes of the people. Marriage is a fundamental building block of our society, and I have a proven record of standing and fighting to protect traditional marriage between one man and one woman.’” [San Antonio Express-News, 3/4/12]
While the bigoted comments of a politician who will say anything to get elected aren’t that surprising, Cruz has set the bar high for hate speech and disparaging comments about a large section of the American family.
Reading the words of Cruz are somewhat startling, HEARING him spew his hate is even more disheartening…..
Cruz is a leading candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. I believe at heart, Americans embrace their brothers and sisters and while we may not always embrace our differences, most accept them.
Cruz and his brand of vitriol are the exception to that rule. America would be damaged by a Cruz presidency.
A little over a year ago, our community opened our hearts and embraced the transition of Caitlyn Jenner.
We celebrated as she came into her own. We welcomed her and overlooked her occasional misspeak attributing it to her “learning curve.”
Yesterday, Caitlyn Jenner announced her preference for President of the United States is….. Ted Cruz.
In an interview with The Advocate, when asked who she was supporting, Jenner stated “I like Ted Cruz.”
She hailed him as a “great constitutionalist and a very articulate man.” Even going so far as to offer her services as a “Trans-Ambassador” for his Presidency.
Here’s the thing. Caitylyn Jenner is entitled to support whomever she wants for the Presidency of the United States. If Caitlyn wants to support someone who doesn’t think she is equal to other Americans, that’s her right.
However, WE as the LGBTQ community don’t have to support her viewpoints. We don’t have to accept her comments as “mis-speaks” as an adult, it is the responsibility of Caitlyn Jenner and every other American who is 18 years and older to know the candidate, know their heart and know where they stand on the issues.
Caitlyn Jenner’s comments can no longer be seen as naive; supporting someone who is diabolically opposed to your very existence and rights as a human is ignorance.
I no longer give Cailtyn a pass and don’t think those of us in the community should either.
Season 2 of “I Am Cait” returns to the airways soon, I can’t support someone who works in opposition to my community, therefore I won’t be watching and hope you won’t be either.