Republican presidential candidate Ted
Cruz was booed while discussing his views on gay marriage during an
appearance Monday on CBS' Late Show.
Host Stephen Colbert asked Cruz whether
he would be willing to “compromise with the other side” if he
were elected president.
Cruz reiterated his commitment to “live
within our means, stop bankrupting our kids and grandkids, and follow
“And no gay marriage,” Colbert
Cruz responded by arguing that under
the U.S. Constitution “marriage is a question for the states.”
“Doesn't mention marriage in the
constitution,” Colbert countered.
“And that's exactly why it's a
question for the states, 'cause the 10th Amendment says,
if it doesn't mention it, it's a question for the states. That's in
the Bill of Rights,” Cruz
said. “I believe in democracy. And I don't think we should
entrust governing our society to five unelected lawyers in
When several people in the audience
began to boo, Colbert quickly asked them to stop.
“If you want to win an issue, go to
the ballot box and win at the ballot box. That's the way the
constitution was designed,” Cruz added to a smattering of applause.
Cruz promotes Christians who oppose gay marriage.)