Cruz backs N.C. transgender bathroom ban despite gay backlash

From MailOnline

By Nikki Schwab

Sen. Ted Cruz put his weight behind a controversial North Carolina law that makes people use the bathroom that correspondents with their biological sex.  

'Men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls,' Cruz said during a taping of an MSNBC town hall today. 'As the father of daughters I'm not terribly excited about men being able to go alone into a bathroom with my daughters.'

'That is a perfectly reasonable determination for the people to make,' he told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. 

Gay rights groups were in an uproar over the law, saying in unfairly targets the LGBT community, especially transgender citizens.   

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Cruz explained that he approved of the law because he's a 'constitutionalist' and 'the state has the power to pass their own laws.'

Todd asked the senator if he thought the law had gone too far. 

'Listen, the political correctness that we have embraced. Enough already,' the senator swatted back. 

'Listen, the Obama education department is going against a Junior High. Insisting that the Junior High must allow a teenage boy to shower with teenage girls,' Cruz noted. 

'Now, that's just nuts. I mean, that's not a reasonable position, that's crazy,' he added.

The Texas senator made the comments in Buffalo, New York, as he vies for votes in the Empire State in advance of Tuesday's primary. 

In a more lighthearted moment during the town hall, Cruz said he hadn't had the region's delicacy, the buffalo wing, for breakfast, but it was one of his dinnertime staples. 

As for the bathroom comments, Cruz has often relied on social conservatives to give his candidacy a boost, though has often been routed by frontrunner Donald Trump who has done unexpectedly well with evangelical voters.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, signed the bill into law three weeks ago and already rolled a portion back. 

The bathroom aspect of the law, however, was kept in place. 

'After listening to people's feedback,' he said in a YouTube video. 'I am taking action to affirm and improve the state's commitment to privacy and equality.' 

McCrory signed an executive order on Tuesday, which would expand the state's non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity. 

The governor has been put in an awkward position politically, as the bill was well-received by conservatives, but more business-minded Republicans, including a number of companies that had promised the state jobs, pulled those commitments once the law hit the books. 

Cruz said he supported the conservatives over the businesses in this scenario. 

'Listen, I think big business gives into political pressure and has been willing over and over again to trample on religious liberty,' Cruz said. 

'One of the saddest things we've seen is the retreat of the Democratic party from religious liberty,' he added. 

Democrats have come out against the law.

Bruce Springsteen, along with Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr, made high-profile concert cancellations in response as well.   

Cruz  wouldn't comment on the governor's pseudo-reversal, 'to protect privacy and equality' for many state workers 'to cover sexual orientation and gender identity.'

The presidential hopeful told MSNBC town hall attendees that he wasn't familiar enough with the details of what was signed.

The remainder of the town hall will air on the network at 8 p.m. tonight.   

Cruz's willingness to take a side on this issue is not surprising as he was a vocal advocate for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis who refused to administrator same-sex marriage licenses due to her faith in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states. 

'Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America,' Cruz said in his statement put out in September to the news of Davis' arrest. 


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