Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz debated the issue of same-sex marriage with a Hollywood starlet while grilling porkchops at the Iowa State Fair in Desmoines. Actress Ellen Page confronted the U.S. Senator from Texas on August 21, while she was hosting a a television show entitled ‘Gaycation with Ellen Page’ to be broadcast by Vice Media. The confrontation is expected to appear in the series, which will be released later this year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show has been taped in a number of different cities worldwide and is now come to the United States.
The senator and the starlet debated about religious liberty and alleged discrimination against persons with same-sex attraction. When Page asked the senator about the firing of persons, allegedly because of their sexual preference, Cruz said "Well, what we’re seeing right now, we’re seeing Bible-believing Christians being persecuted for living according to their faith." Cruz said he did not know of Page before their approximately 5 minute conversation.
In response, Page said "You’re discriminating against LGBT people." Page asked Cruz whether he would apply the same argument with regard to racial segregation. "Now I’m happy to answer your question, but not to have a back-and-forth debate," said Cruz. He told Page, "No one has the right to force someone else to abandon their faith and their conscience." Cruz mentioned the case of a Christian family that had denied producing a floral arrangement for a same-sex couple. "Imagine, hypothetically, you had a gay florist and imagine two evangelicals wanted to get married and they decide, ‘You know what, I disagree with your faith and I don’t want to provide flowers,’" said Cruz.
A skilled debater Cruz responded to Page's statements about evangelical Christians and alleged discrimination against lesbians, transgenders, and homosexuals. He said "Does that trouble you at all that you draw a moral equivalence between Christians in Jamaica and radical Islamic terrorists in ISIS who are killing children? They are not morally equivalent. Murder is murder, and it is wrong." Moreover, said Cruz - an evangelical Christian - "Do you know where gay people are being persecuted right now? ISIS is executing gay people. Iran is executing homosexuals. And on the left you have complete silence about Iran hanging homosexuals. And yet The Obama administration is silent. It is sending over 100 billion to a regime that is hanging homosexuals."
In 2014, Page admitted that she had declared her lesbian preference and her advocacy of the gay agenda because it is "something that means something to me, because I'm boring." Page came out during an event organized by the Human Rights Campaign – a gay advocacy group – that focused on minors and young people. In a speech at the "Time to Thrive" event, Page said "I'm here today because I am gay and because maybe I can make a difference, to help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.”
Page is a Canadian, born in 1987, who has appeared in two of the popular X-Men movies.
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