“Redefining marriage and telling us that marriage is not between a man and a woman, come on now,” said Phil Robertson at a campaign rally for U.S. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in Iowa City, Iowa, on the eve of the state’s caucuses. “It’s nonsense. It is evil. It’s wicked. It’s sinful.”
“They want us to swallow it, you say,” added Robertson. “We have to run this bunch out of Washington, D.C. We have to rid the earth of them. Get them out of there.”
Robertson has previously made anti-gay comments.
The “Duck Dynasty” patriarch said during a 2014 sermon at his Louisiana church that “homosexual offenders” will not “inherit the kingdom of God.” A&E, the network on which the reality show airs, a few months earlier temporarily suspended Robertson from “Duck Dynasty” after he made anti-gay comments during an interview with GQ Magazine.
NOM backs Cruz presidential campaign
National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown last month in his endorsement of the Texas Republican cited his introduction of a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples across the country and the First Amendment Defense Act.
Cruz last week described the decision to illuminate the White House in rainbow colors after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Obergefell case as “messed up.”
The Texas Republican last year attended a reception that gay hoteliers Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner held for him at their Manhattan apartment. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump earlier this month described Cruz as an “ultimate hypocrite” for taking donations from “people who espouse gay marriage.”
Trump on Sunday said he would consider appointing Supreme Court justices who would overturn the Obergefell decision.
“This morning, one washed-up reality star running for president said he would appoint judges who would overturn marriage equality,” said TJ Helmstetter, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, on Sunday in a statement. “Today, Ted Cruz invited a different washed-up reality star to stump in Iowa with him, and this one’s views are even more out-of-touch.”
“Ted Cruz owes not only LGBT Americans, but all Americans an apology for his surrogate’s deplorable and dangerous rallying cry that the earth should be ‘rid’ of marriage equality supporters,” added Helmstetter. “The LGBT community knows all too well the violence, the hate crimes, the alienation felt by LGBT teenagers that can result from such heated rhetoric. How can a presidential candidate justify calling for eliminating a group of people based on their political views? It’s downright irresponsible.”
The DNC posted a video of Robertson’s comments onto its YouTube page.