One of the most loathsome presidential candidates in recent memory just got even more icky, because Ted Cruz‘s Michigan legislative co-chair wants to ban homosexuality.
The reporters over at ThinkProgress unearthed some pretty shocking remarks from a Cruz staffer in Michigan. In a 2011 interview, Michigan’s Ted Cruz legislative co-chair Rep. had the following to say when asked if he believed in criminalizing homosexuality:
“The short answer to your question is yes, we believe that states should be free to regulate and prohibit behavior that’s a violation of community standards and a proven threat to public health and safety — including, as most of the United States did throughout its history, homosexual behavior.”
Ted Cruz’s desperate courting of antigay evangelicals seems to be paying off. His recent wins in Kansas and Maine have given him more momentum than he’s seen in months, so now seems to be the perfect time to go all-in on the gay hatred.
Even more infuriating? This isn’t the first (or second or third) time Glenn freely expressed deeply homophobic and transphobic views. ThinkProgress has a rundown:
Back in 2012, when Mt. Pleasant, Michigan was considering an ordinance designed to prohibit discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment, Glenn wrote an email to every city commissioner urging themto “not to even consider adopting such a discriminatory and volatile proposal which is clearly a solution in search of a non-existent problem, intended only to advance homosexual activists’ drive to have homosexual behavior and cross-dressing defined by law and endorsed by city government as the moral, social, and legal equivalents of immutable characteristics such as race, ethnic background, and sex.”
Last year, Glenn spoke out against a Planet Fitness policy that resulted in a Midland, Michigan woman having her membership cancelled after she spent several days complaining about a transgender woman she saw using the bathroom at her gym.
“Planet Fitness obviously should rethink its anti-woman, anti-reality policy,” Glenn said. “If they don’t, they shouldn’t be surprised in a conservative family-friendly community such as Midland if they lose more female members.”
According to the polls, Cruz is currently trailing Donald Trump by about 13 points in Michigan. However, don’t jump for joy just yet — we all know Trump has problems of his own when it comes to the gays.
The good news? Polls show both Democratic candidates creaming Trump at the ballot box. Let’s hope November 8th proves them right.