Wednesday, March 19, 2014

'Gay Marriage' Divides GOP: Rand Paul vs. Ted Cruz

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who won big in this month's CPAC straw poll for Republican 2016 presidential candidates, says that the GOP must drop the avid defense of natural marriage, but the Tea Party favorite candidate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, says religious liberty is the epitome of American freedom, and the Gay Agenda is its greatest enemy.
"This nation was founded by men and women fleeing religious oppression and coming here seeking the freedom to seek out our Lord God Almighty with all of our hearts, minds and souls, free of the government getting in the way."
-- Sen. Ted Cruz, March 18th in Iowa
Also read Senator Ted Cruz Says the Gay Agenda Ends Christian Liberty

For further background, read GOP Strategy: Dump Old Uneducated Christian Voters and also read GOP Funds Pro-abortion Homosexual Candidates as well as Biblical Beliefs Unacceptable to Illinois GOP Leaders

UPDATE 7/23/14 - Sen. Marco Rubio Takes Sides in Culture War (video):

-- From "Cruz sets up showdown with Paul in Iowa" by Alexandra Jaffe, The Hill 3/18/14

[Sen. Ted] Cruz did not directly criticize Sen. Rand Paul in his remarks [at the Iowa event], but did seek to distinguish himself from the Kentucky Republican, who has said the GOP should "agree to disagree" on social issues.

Tuesday was Cruz's fourth stop this year in Iowa, making him the most frequent visitor to the pivotal early primary state among potential Republican presidential contenders except for Paul.

Both men are thinking about running for president in 2016, and they'd be battling for the same or similar slices of conservative voters in Iowa.

Iowa’s GOP caucuses are typically populated with evangelical Christians and social conservative voters, and Cruz’s Tuesday pitch seemed tailored to that audience.

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From "Paul: For GOP to Grow, It Must ‘Agree to Disagree on Social Issues’ Like Gay ‘Marriage’" by Michael W. Chapman, 3/17/14

[The homosexualist reporter asked Sen. Paul], “There was a consensus among young people at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference [CPAC] that the GOP needs to get out of social issues. Do you agree?”

Paul said, “I think it’s partly that. But I also think young people are very concerned with privacy. …”

“On issues that are very contentious, that involve social mores—I think that allowing different parts of the country to make their decision based on the local mores and culture is a good idea” said Senator Paul.

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From "Cruz Gets in Touch with Religious Side in Iowa" by The Associated Press 3/18/14

[Sen. Cruz] told a crowd of more than 500 home-schoolers in Des Moines on Tuesday that "there is no liberty more important than religious liberty."

And Cruz decried what he called the federal government's attempts to impede it. . . . he said the Obama administration has been more openly hostile toward religious freedom than any other occupant of the White House.

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From "In Iowa, Cruz bashes Obama on ‘religious liberty’" by Kevin Diaz, Houston Chronicle 3/18/14

[Sen. Cruz] decried what he said were Obama administration efforts to curtail religious liberty, citing controversies over religious practices in the military and a dispute with a Catholic nuns’ order over contraceptive health coverage.

“We’ve never seen an administration with such hostility to religious faith,” Cruz told the group of Christian conservatives.

[Sen. Cruz] called school choice, including home-schooling, “the civil rights issue of the 21st century.”

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From "Ted Cruz in Iowa keeps social issues prominent" by Jennifer Jacobs, Des Moines Register 3/19/14

Cruz, in an interview with The Des Moines Register on Tuesday, said that Republicans “should continue to defend life and that we should continue to defend traditional marriage.”

On Tuesday, the anniversary of the national GOP’s post-election report examining its failings in the 2012 election cycle, the Register asked Cruz whether [Sen. Rand] Paul is right about how to be more welcoming.

“Look, I am a conservative,” Cruz answered. “I’m a fiscal conservative. I’m a social conservative. I think we’ve seen that in order for the Republican Party to succeed, we need to be a big tent. … There are some who say the Republican Party should no longer stand for life. I don’t agree with that. There are some who say the Republican Party should no longer stand for traditional marriage. I don’t agree with them, either.”

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From "Ted Cruz calls religious liberty America's most vital value during 4th trip to Iowa since July" by Will Weissert, Associated Press 3/18/14

[Sen. Cruz told] Iowa home school advocates that America was founded on Christian values Washington can't deny.

[Cruz] has made no secret of his religious faith since joining the Senate last January, but rarely makes it a centerpiece as he did Tuesday.

Cruz pointed to what he said was the Internal Revenue Service under the Obama White House forcing religious groups to divulge more information for tax purposes. His sentiments were often met by calls of "Amen!" and "Praise God!"

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Also read Lawless Obama Administration: States Should Violate Oath for 'Gay Marriage'

In addition, read American Decline: Obama's Gay Agenda vs. Christians