A married gay man who identified himself as a registered Republican and owner of a pizza parlor in New York City, confronted Sen. Ted Cruz on Good Morning America’s town hall about his work protecting the rights of gay voters.
Todd Calogne asked the Republican presidential candidate what he’ll do to protect him and his husband after the New Yorker says he has noticed an avalanche of “religious freedom laws and somewhat institutionalized discrimination” spreading all around the nation.
Roberts then asked Cruz: “But when you talk about freedom, what he referred to with his husband a lot of people would say, doesn’t everybody have the freedom to be treated equally, don’t we all have the freedom to be equal?”
Cruz once again dodged the question.
George Stephanopoulos then questioned Cruz over his support of a federal marriage amendment. He asked: “What would that mean for couples like Todd and his husband who already are married?”
“I am a constitutionalist,” Cruz replied. “And under the constitution, marriage is a question for the states. That has been the case since the very beginning of this country – that it’s been up to the states. And so if someone wants to change the marriage laws I don’t think it should be five unelected lawyers down in Washington. Dictating that. And even if you happen to agree with that particular decision, why would you want to hand over every important public policy issue to five unelected lawyers who aren’t accountable to you, who don’t work for you. Instead, convince your fellow citizens to change the laws.”
Watch the exchange below: