Republican presidential candidate Ted
Cruz has compared the Supreme Court's June finding that gay couples
have a constitutional right to marry to “Nazi decrees.”
In an interview last month with EWTN's
Robert George, Cruz, also a Texas senator, said that the president
should ignore the high court's “fundamentally illegitimate”
“I think the decision was
fundamentally illegitimate. It was lawless. It was not based on the
constitution,” Cruz said.
Cruz asserted that during a recent
Harvard Law School discussion on when it is the duty of public
officials to resign rather than carry out unjust laws, Justice
Anthony Kennedy compared the “Supreme Court of the United States to
the Nazis.” Kennedy noted that some judges during Nazi rule
“[G]reat respect … ought to be
given to people who resign rather than do something they think is
morally wrong in order to make a point,” Kennedy said.
“This isn't me calling them the
Nazis. This is Justice Kennedy calling the court on which he serves,
calling the opinion that he wrote, analogizing that to the Nazi
decrees that we must obey,” Cruz stated.
“Just to be clear, surely Justice
Kennedy was not embracing Nazism,” George said.
“He drew the analogy,” Cruz
answered with a smile. “And the obvious implication was just
as you were forced to obey the Nazis, you’re forced to obey us as
well … even if we are tyrannical and oppressive. Now, look,
certainly he wasn’t embracing all of the horrible things the Nazis
did but to make that analogy, that is essentially saying, we wear the
jackboot and you must obey us.”