While delivering a stump speech in Beaumont, Texas, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attacked the media and the left for being obsessed with sex, because reporters had the temerity to ask him questions about his position on gay marriage. After fielding several questions about LGBT rights, Ted Cruz lost it, and he lashed out, saying:
Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex? ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals — that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.
In his response, Senator Cruz revealed two things. First, he revealed that his standards are quite low, by arguing that America treats gays better than ISIS does. That isn’t exactly setting the bar very high, but I guess if one holds LGBT Americans in as much contempt as Ted Cruz does, he probably thinks they should be grateful that they aren’t being executed for their sexual orientation.
A true believer in American exceptionalism might compare the U.S. to other Western democracies, but Senator Cruz is apparently content with America having a better record on human rights than ISIS. Congratulations are in order I guess. The United States does not systematically murder gay people. Hooray.
The other thing Senator Cruz revealed in his remarks is that he thinks marriage is about sex, not love. He confuses reporters who ask questions about gay marriage with nymphomaniacs obsessed with sex. Legalizing same-sex marriage is about civil rights, not about sex.
Senator Cruz is either hopelessly confused or incredibly obtuse. He also argued in his speech that the expansion of “mandatory same-sex marriage” was an assault on religious liberty. Senator Cruz probably thinks he is being clever by using the phrase “mandatory same-sex marriage”, but unfortunately most voters realize that nobody is being forced to enter a same-sex marriage and that opposite sex marriages are still legal everywhere in the country.
Ted Cruz’s opposition to the right for same-sex couples to marry is indefensible. Recognizing that he is arguing a lost position, he has tried to deflect the argument to one accusing the “liberal media” of being obsessed with sex. However, he is merely projecting. He is the one who is obsessed with identifying gays and lesbians by their acts of sex, rather than recognizing them simply as equal human beings, who are entitled to the same rights as straight Americans.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.