In a new video released earlier this week, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz congratulated a homophobic couple who refused to do business with a gay couple because they claim it went against their “religious beliefs.”
Cruz, who pledged to “uphold the sacrament of marriage” when announcing his intention to run for President in March, highlighted the story of Dick and Betty Odgaard, from Iowa, who run the Gortz Haus Gallery, a former church that they converted into a bistro and wedding venue.
Huffington Post adds:
Iowa added sexual orientation and gender identity protections to its civil rights code in 2007, and legalized same-sex marriage in 2009.
The couple whom the Odgaards turned away quickly filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. The Odgaards agreed to pay them $5,000 and to stop discriminating against same-sex couples. In order to comply, they decided to stop providing wedding services altogether, rather than start serving gay couples.
“Dick and Betty inspire me,” Cruz says in his video, highlighting “their incredible journey fighting to defend religious liberty.”
“We have no hatred toward gay people,” Mrs Odgaard insists.
Watch Cruz’s celebration of discrimination below: