Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz, campaigning in South Carolina on Thursday, told an audience at Winthrop University in Rock Hill that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges was “lawless” and that it “would not stand.” The decision by the nation’s highest court established that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.

Cruz went on to attack his GOP opponents. Without naming them he said that his challengers for the GOP nomination were “weak on marriage.” Referring to arguments that marriage equality was the law of the land, Cruz said that “those are the talking points of Barrack Obama.” Apparently the marriage rights of less than 5% of the population are hugely important.

A couple of things are absent from Cruz’ rhetoric. Cruz never explains why same-sex marriage must be abolished. He, and the rest of the field, have failed to point out who has been injured by same-sex marriage let alone how they have been damaged. Moreover, he doesn’t explain exactly how he is going to reverse equality nor the plight of the hundreds of thousands of gay couples now married.

Cruz’s audience would surely shake heads in agreement that a couple bakers and that florist are victims of same-sex marriage. Yup those two bigoted bakers are precisely why a constitutional right should be reversed. They would likely yelp with glee that marriage is a matter of “states’ rights.” After all – without explaining why a state would want to ban same-sex marriage – their bigotry is grounded in reason.

When the fog and noxious gasses clear it is all too apparent that the real reason for opposing equality is their religious objection. The entire nation should yield to their desires because, as they all know, we are a Christian Nation™ and by Christian they mean those Christians who believe that the Bible is the inerrant and literal word of their god.

If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice
of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father
and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his
place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn
and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so
shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

— Deuteronomy 21:18-21

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.