Rafael Cruz, the father of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, recently claimed that "the Devil overplayed his hand" in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling for same-sex marriage, which Rafael insisted was not about gay marriage, but rather religious freedom (video below).
Rafael made his statements during a speech last week in Georgia where he also gave out forms for audience members to endorse his son's presidential run, notes RightwingWatch.org.
"You know something, the Devil always overplays his hand and the Devil overplayed his hand on that decision on June 26. You've got to realize that that decision was not about homosexual marriage, that decision was a decision against religious liberty, against religious liberty.
"If you noticed, what was the basis for their decision? It was the 14th Amendment. That means that they're calling homosexuality a civil right."
The U.S. Supreme Court did not call homosexuality a "civil right," but an analysis on the U.S Supreme Court Blog states that the "Court declared that two clauses in the Fourteenth Amendment mean that a 'fundamental right to marry' can no longer be denied because the partners are of the same sex."
Rafael also said:
"Understand me well, if they're calling homosexuality a civil right, that means that the next obvious step is a homosexual may come to your church and demand to be hired, whether as pastor or a janitor is immaterial, and if you say, 'I'm sorry, I cannot hire you because it violates my religious faith,' you're going to be slapped with a civil rights discrimination lawsuit.
"Or they may come to your Christian ministry or to your Christian school or to your private business. Civil rights discrimination lawsuits are going to be a dime a dozen. That's the next logical step."
In reality, anti-discrimination laws existed in some states years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but did not include churches.
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Pamela Merritt, of the pro-gay ProgressMissouri.org, said in a statement: "This decision means that all Missourians, regardless of their place of residence within the state, have the freedom to marry. That’s the good news. The bad news is that LGBT people in Missouri can still be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, and denied access to public accommodations and services," noted St. Louis Public Radio.
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