Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appeared on the "WallBuilders Live" radio show yesterday to promote his State Marriage Defense Act, which would not allow the federal government to recognize gay marriages in states where gay marriage is not legal.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Cruz claimed that the Obama administration "is the most hostile to traditional marriage administration this country has ever seen" (audio below).
Cruz could not name any actual hostile acts committed by President Barack Obama toward "traditional marriage," but instead complained that the Obama administration supported gay marriage.
"The Obama administration came into Utah and said, 'We're not going to listen to what the U.S. Supreme Court said,'" claimed Cruz. "'We, the federal government, are going to recognize marriages in the state of Utah and Utah state law explicitly does not recognize as marriage' and that was really, in my view, an abuse of power, using the federal government to try to force what the ultimate objective is of these advocates and their objective is to see traditional marriage laws torn down in all fifty states."
In reality, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced in January that the federal government would recognize about 1,300 same-sex marriages in Utah that took place after a federal district judge struck down Utah's gay marriage ban and before the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the ruling, noted The New York Times.
It was Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, Republican, who said the state would not recognize those gay couples who legally married before the stay, not the U.S. Supreme Court, as Cruz falsely claimed.