Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a candidate for president of the United States, appeared on a live town hall on Good Morning America on ABC. Among the various issues that the senator discussed, a caller brought up the subject of same-sex marriage and religious liberty. The caller, a gay man named Todd Calogne, who identified himself as a registered Republican, owner of a pizza parlor, and married to his partner asked Cruz how he proposed to protect the rights of gay Americans from so-called religious liberty laws that he suggested discriminate against gay people.

The question revolves around the recent Supreme Court decision that decreed that same-sex marriage is a right under the Constitution.

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The decision, while hailed by many gay activists, has sparked another controversy. Can a business owner, a caterer or a wedding photographer, be forced to participate in a same-sex wedding ceremony if he or she is opposed to the practice out of religious convictions? Many same sex marriage advocates respond that they absolutely must be forced to participate because else they would be discriminating against gay couples who wish to marry. Other people, regardless of their views on same sex marriage, believe that the law should protect the rights of religious business owners.

Cruz responded by stating that religious liberty laws safeguard the rights of all Americans, no matter what their religious beliefs are or even if they have no religious beliefs. Cruz also supports a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court decision.

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But, as a federalist, he would not support a federal ban on same sex marriage. Cruz believes that the matter is something for the states to decide. Cruz is personally opposed to gay marriage and would oppose the practice being made legal in Texas.

Many viewers did not find Cruz’s answer to be entirely satisfying. As a practical matter, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is not likely to pass. Polling data suggests broad support exists for allowing gay couples to marry, even among conservatives. Social conservatives have advocated overturning Roe v. Wade that made abortion legal, without any success.   #Election 2016 #GOP #Ted Cruz