Ted Cruz Doesn’t Hate Gay People Enough For Rick Santorum

There are a lot of things I would say about Ted Cruz. I would say that he is nuts, that he is about as far to the right as you can get without joining up with Stormfront, and that he reminds me of a gingerbread man who was taken out of the oven a few minutes too early. One thing I would not say, certainly, is that he is not opposed enough to gay people having rights.

I mean, we are talking about a man who called SCOTUS’s ruling for marriage equality one of the “darkest days” in the history of the United States. Who said that it would lead, righteously, to a raging inferno of like, everyone converting to Christianity in this country and deciding that gay people are bad or something.

“It is my hope that that marriage decision serves as a spark to start a fire that becomes a raging inferno and an awakening that sweeps this country as the body of Christ rise up to defend the values that have built America into this great nation that we are.”

Who has said, previously, that allowing marriage equality would lead to Christianity being considered “hate speech” and Christians being persecuted all over the place in this country. Cruz stands out, even by comparison to many of his fellow Republican 2016 presidential contenders, as one who is vehemently disgusted and appalled by the idea of gay people being allowed to have the same rights as him.

However! He is still, somehow, not quite up to Rick Santorum’s standards. You see, while Cruz has said that each state should be allowed to vote on whether or not gay people should have the right to be married, Santorum is still insisting upon a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage across the board.

In an interview in the Dallas Morning News regarding Rick Santorum’s disappointment that Rick Santorum would not be included in the televised debates (because he’s not ranking in the top ten in national polls), Santorum claimed that Cruz was just too soft on LGBT rights.

“That’s a mistake….You can’t have a hodgepodge of marriage… It just creates too much confusion,” Santorum said, adding that this problem is a key reason the Supreme Court ruled as it did, sweeping away state-by-state bans on same-sex marriage.

Santorum himself has signed a petition created by the National Organization for Marriage demanding a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Which, sorry, is just not going to happen. It’s not. It’s over now. It’s time to admit defeat.

Honestly, it’s time for all candidates to just drop this issue now. In 50 years, the Right is going to want to take credit for marriage equality anyway, and will probably be insisting that all advocates of the cause were secret Republicans, just like they do now with civil rights, and the harder they keep pushing, the harder it’s going to be to pull off.

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[Dallas Morning News]