Ted Cruz, along with most of the other Republican presidential candidates, actual and potential, appeared at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Summit on Saturday. He decried what he sees as “liberal fascism” that has ensured “there is no room for Christians in today’s Democratic Party.” Ironically, some people who support LGBT rights are busily making Cruz’s case, albeit inadvertently. Indeed, recently, Hillary Clinton, still the likely Democratic presidential nominee despite the play for pay scandal that is consuming her campaign, recently gave Cruz a boost.
As a way of illustration, a recent article in the Daily Beast by Jay Michaelson gave two gay hoteliers, Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, both barrels for daring to be in the same room with Cruz. Reisner and Weiderpass agree with Cruz on a number of issues, particularly support for the State of Israel. The event the two men held for Cruz also provided an opportunity for some frank, but friendly dialog concerning same-sex marriage that they support but Cruz opposes.
The irony is that Cruz’s position is more gay-friendly than that of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton circa 2008. Cruz does not support the restoration of a federal defense of marriage act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton. He would leave the matter up to the states.
However, Cruz’s nuance does not matter. He is evil for not supporting same-sex marriage from sea to shining sea. Reisner and Weiderpass are evil for breathing the same air as Cruz and are therefore traitors to the LGBT community. By the way, Israel, despite the fact that it is the only country in the Middle East that affords gay people full civil rights and does not throw them off buildings or hang them from construction cranes, is also evil. Oddly, neither Obama nor the Clintons are evil, not in 2008 when they opposed same-sex marriage nor in 2015 when they had flip-flopped on the issue for crass political reasons.
Another example of how some in the LGBT community are making Cruz’s case concerns Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa. Following their Christian beliefs, they declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony. The business has been broken into and vandalized, forcing it to close; the Kleins now operate out of their home. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has proposed to hit them with a $135,000 fine that would ruin them.
A group of supporters set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise the money to cover the fine. In what can only be described as an act of spite, supporters of same-sex marriage forced GoFundMe to shut down the campaign, though the Kleins will be able to keep the $100,000 that have been raised on their behalf to date.
These and other incidents are an embarrassment to those (and in the spirit of full disclosure that includes this writer) who support same-sex marriage but are repelled by hate-filled, intolerant behavior. People who disagree with Cruz on the issue, but think he is right on a myriad of others, are not likely to turn on him because of the tactics of people who hate him/
What about Hillary Clinton? What side does she come on? The ethically challenged once and current presidential candidate Clinton was speaking about abortion, but the principle applies just as much to same-sex marriage, when she said, “And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.” They will be changes, not through moral persuasion, but by the awesome power of the all-powerful state, backed up by the force of law. She might as well have said, if you like your religion, you can keep your religion. One cannot wait for Ted Cruz to call her out on that one in a presidential debate.