Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas warned the National Religious Broadcasters convention in late February that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage could lead to Christian broadcasters losing their licenses (video below).
According to RightWingWatch.org, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who argued the case on behalf of the U.S. Justice Department, never said the U.S. government would target religious broadcasters who oppose gay marriage, and the issue of FCC licensing was never mentioned in the Supreme Court during the case.
Cruz told the NRB audience:
"[T]he answer from the Obama Justice Department in the open court of the Supreme Court of the United States was yes, that is a very real possibility that the IRS will come after you, that if your hosts go on air and say, 'The Bible teaches that marriage is not defined by man, it is defined by God as the union of one man and one woman to mirror the relationship of Jesus Christ and the church,' that you risk the federal government yanking your FCC license. That’s the threat we’re facing. They’re not hiding from this threat. They’re saying in open court, 'We will use the power of government to go after and target those who speak against us.'"
The Washington Post reported in April 2015 that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito asked Verrilli, "Well, in the Bob Jones case, the court held that a college was not entitled to tax-exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage or interracial dating. So would the same apply to a 10 university or a college if it opposed same-sex marriage?"
In response, Verrilli said, "You know, I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is -- it is going to be an issue."