During an appearance on NBC's The
Tonight Show, Texas Senator Ted Cruz defended his father, Rafael
Cruz, a minister and vocal social conservative.
The senior Cruz, who immigrated to the
U.S. from Cuba, has been in the news lately for suggesting that
President Barack Obama should “go back to Kenya” and saying that
socialism is behind the drive to legalize gay marriage.
“Communism or socialism, whatever you
want to call it, what is happening in this country is not different
than what happened in Cuba. … When you hear all these things about
homosexual marriage, this has nothing to do with homosexual rights.
Did you know that? The whole objective is the destruction of the
traditional family. It has nothing to do with homosexuals. They
could care less about homosexuals, they want to destroy the family,”
he said in a
videotaped speech in June which recently surfaced.
Cruz also suggested in his speech that
allowing openly gay youth in the Boy Scouts would lead to “increased
risk that our children would be exposed to sexual predators.”
The Tonight Show host Jay Leno
asked the Ted Cruz about social issues.
“I support marriage between one man
and one woman,” Cruz answered when asked whether he supports
allowing gay couples to marry. “But I also think it's a question
for the states. Some states have made decisions one way on gay
marriage; some states have made decisions the other way. And that's
the great thing about our constitution, is different states can make
decisions depending on the values of their citizens.”
“Now your dad's been in the news
lately, he was talking against gays. Is that fair game?” Leno
“My father is a pastor. He's a man
of deep integrity. And, you know, some folks have decided to try to
go after him because they wanna take some shots at me. But I think
the critics are better off attacking me,” Cruz answered. (The
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