Despite reports that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may be softening his stance on gay rights, signaled by a meeting with two prominent gay hoteliers in New York City, the GOP presidential candidate insisted that his positions on same-sex marriage remained the same.
CNN reports that Cruz doubled down on his anti-gay marriage stance, and said that his willingness to have discussions with gay people showed that he was a “big tent Republican,” not a “panderer.”
“It speaks volumes that The New York Times considers it newsworthy that a Republican who believes marriage is between a man and a woman would meet with people who hold a different view,” he said, later adding that “we’re not always going to agree on everything, and I’m not going to change my fundamental values.”
In the meeting, held at the penthouse home of Out NYC owners Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, Cruz reportedly mentioned that he would continue to love his children even if they were gay, and that he counts prominent gay billionaire investor Peter Thiel as a close friend.
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