Sen. Ted Cruz has been making the rounds of the right wing fever swamps over the last few days, one far-right radio talk show after another. On Monday he was on David Barton’s Wallbuilders Live show spouting blatantly dishonest spin about Obama and marriage equality.
One of the really sad trends we’ve seen in recent years has been a concerted attack on traditional marriage and that attack has manifested in the courts of law as advocacy groups have used litigation to tear down the marriage laws of states across this country. But it’s also manifested from the federal government, with the Obama administration; this administration is the most hostile to traditional marriage administration this country has ever seen.
I’m baffled by the idea that supporting same-sex marriage is “hostile to traditional marriage.” When a gay couple gets married, are they showing hostility toward straight couples that get married? Of course not. It’s just such a dishonest way to frame the situation. Gay marriage does absolutely nothing to straight marriage. It has no effect whatsoever on it.
The Obama administration came into Utah and said ‘we’re not going to listen to what the US Supreme Court said. We, the federal government, are going to recognize marriages in the state of Utah and Utah state law explicitly does not recognize as marriage’ and that was really, in my view, an abuse of power, using the federal government to try to force what the ultimate objective is of these advocates and their objective is to see traditional marriage laws torn down in all fifty states.
Oh, rubbish. The DOJ said that the federal government would recognize for federal purposes those same-sex marriages that were performed in Utah when they were legally recognized. Those marriages have not been voided by the courts. The Obama administration is, in fact, following the decision in Windsor, which requires federal recognition of legally recognized same-sex marriages by the federal government, to the letter.
I’m often willing to chalk up things like this to ignorance, but Ted Cruz is an absolutely brilliant legal scholar. He’s just plain lying. And he knows it.