While calling the justices of the Supreme Court who decided in favor of gay marriage as “five unelected lawyers down in Washington,” GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz said that the issue of gay marriage should be settled at the state level. Appearing at a town hall meeting hosted by the show, “Good Morning America,” Cruz was answering a question about protecting gay rights from the gay owner of a pizza parlor in New York City, according to ABC News on Monday. Cruz then admonished the Supreme Court for its gay marriage ruling: “If someone wants to change the marriage laws, I don’t think it should be five unelected lawyers down in Washington.”
Cruz did not specify how he would how he would defer the matter of gay marriage to the states. Not only would the Supreme Court decision have to be overturned, but the Court would have to “agree” to hear the case again, which is unlikely. As a rule, the Supreme Court rarely hears cases on which it already has decided so soon after the decision is made. Perhaps Cruz is hoping that the GOP senators, led by Mitch McConnell, will succeed in holding off on hearings for Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. He probably also is presuming that he will be able to appoint a conservative justice who will vote to overturn the existing Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. However, as previously indicated, the Supreme Court would have to agree to hear the case again, which is unlikely so soon after this decision.
Cruz also discussed the issue of religious freedom, and denoted the fact that it applies to all Americans of all faiths: “When it comes to religious liberty, religious liberty is something that protects all of us; it applies to Christians, it applies to Jews, it applies to Muslims, it applies to atheists.” Cruz then bestowed the virtues of religious freedom:
“That freedom ultimately protects each and every one of us.”
Cruz is expected to finish way behind Trump in the New York Primary on Tuesday, mainly because he has not been able to resonate with the people of New York State. Cruz’s remark about “New York values” also is a contributing factor in his poor polling in the Empire State. The irony is that without knowing it, Cruz evoked a “New York value” in his “Good Morning America” town hall meeting: Religious freedom for all people, no matter their faith, ethnic origin or beliefs about God, definitely is valued by New Yorkers, as it is by the overwhelming majority of Americans. It serves as the very foundation upon which this nation was founded and was the basis upon which the Declaration of Independence was written. We can rest assured that at least one GOP presidential candidate values religious freedom, even for Muslims, Hispanics and atheists.