The National Organization for Marriage
(NOM), the nation's largest group opposed to marriage equality, on
Wednesday endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz for president.
Citing the many Republican presidential
candidates who oppose such unions, NOM said that the decision to
endorse Cruz was “a very difficult one."
“There are many tremendous candidates
remaining who have made support for marriage a pillar of their
careers in public service, including Sen. Rick Santorum, Gov. Mike
Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Marco Rubio,” NOM said in a press
The group said that it had decided to
endorse “a proven champion.”
“Sen. Ted Cruz is a proven champion
for marriage and religious freedom and someone we can absolutely
count on to fight to restore marriage to our nation's law and defend
the religious liberty of the tens of millions of Americans who
believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, Sen.
Cruz has only not only signed NOM's presidential marriage pledge
committing to take specific actions as president, but he has
personally authored the pending federal marriage amendment to restore
the right of states to define marriage as one man/one woman.”
“We believe [that Cruz] has the best
chance of uniting conservatives and going on to win the nomination,”
the group added.