Ted Cruz Speaks to Gay Hotel Owners About Gay Marriage in NYC

Ted Cruz CPAC 2013. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

According to a press release put out by NYC hotel owners Ian Reisner and Mati Widerpass, presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told the owners of The OUT Hotel in New York City that he and his wife would “love their daughter unconditionally even if she admitted being gay” but that Cruz does not believe gay marriage should be legalized across the nation. See their account of the meeting here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/prominent-nyc-hotel-owners-ignited-a-dialogue-with-senator-ted-cruz-about-gay-rights-and-reiterated-their-support-of-marriage-equality-300071962.html

Haven’t yet found any coverage of this event by Cruz or his campaign, so take what they say with a grain of salt, especially since Reisner admits he already has thrown his support for Mrs. Clinton:

“For my entire adult life, I have been an ardent supporter and activist for gay rights and LGBT organizations worldwide. I was given the opportunity to have a candid conversation with Senator Ted Cruz on why he should rethink his view on gay marriage,” said Reisner. “We also spoke about where he stood on issues including the state of Israel and national security, which are the only places where we share common ground. My support for Hillary Clinton remains steadfast and my meeting with Senator Cruz was a chance to engage head-on with Hillary’s opposition. It was just 3 months ago that I hosted a ‘Ready for Hillary’ event for 900 people at my hotel The OUT NYC.  Senator Ted Cruz and I disagree strongly on the issue of gay marriage, but having an open dialogue with those who have differing political opinions is a part of the political system that this country was founded on.”

You got to hand it to all the parties involved. It’s impressive that Reisner and Widerpass were willing to meet with Cruz and that Cruz was willing to sit down with them as well, considering the incredible differences between them politically. Great to see. Wish we would see this more often.

Ted Cruz CPAC 2013. Photo by Gage Skidmore.