Ted Cruz Explains Why Overturning Gay Marriage Is a Bad Idea


Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) recently said that the United States Supreme Court‘s landmark decision which legalized same-sex marriage across America was “clearly wrong” but stressed that he did not believe the high court had any “appetite” to review the case and that it would be “chaotic” to disrupt such unions that occurred in accordance with the law.

On the Friday episode of his podcast “The Verdict,” Cruz and co-host Liz Wheeler discussed Obergefell v. Hodges — the 2015 case that ruled states were prohibited from banning same-sex marriage — as it compared to Roe v. Wade. Wheeler asked Cruz to pretend he was an advocate of the Court and explain the vulnerability of Obergefell and what it would take to overturn that precedent.

“Obergefell, like Roe v. Wade, ignored two centuries of our nation’s history,” Cruz told Wheeler. “Marriage was always an issue that was left to the states. We saw states before Obergefell, some states were moving to allow gay marriage, and other states were moving to allow civil partnerships. There were different standards that the states were adopting.”

In Obergefell, the Court ruled 5-4 that state laws banning same-sex marriage were unconstitutional under the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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