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Gay Hoteliers Face Backlash Over Ted Cruz Meeting

By    |   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 01:39 PM

Two gay hotel owners are facing a backlash this week after it was reported that they hosted Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, the conservative 2016 presidential hopeful, for a small dinner to discuss foreign policy.

According to The New York Times, Ian Reisner and Mati Wedierpass are facing boycott threats to their properties after a Facebook page was set up encouraging people not to patronize Fire Island Pines Establishments and Out NYC Hotel.

The Facebook page had more than 3,300 "likes" as of Friday afternoon.

Reisner and Wedierpass issued statements in response to the criticism on social media.

"I was given the opportunity to have a candid conversation with Sen. Ted Cruz on where he stood on all issues, foreign and domestic," Reisner said, according to the Times. "It was just three months ago that I hosted a 'Ready for Hillary' event for a record turnout of 900 people at the Out Hotel."

He added: "Sen. Ted Cruz and I disagree strongly on the issue of gay marriage, but having an open dialogue with those who have differing political opinions is a part of what this country was founded on. My tireless support of the gay community and its causes worldwide hasn't changed and will not change."

Weiderpass said: "People on both sides of the aisle need to be able to communicate with one another even when they ideologically disagree. I worked tirelessly for the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' as a member of the board of directors for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and needed to reach across the aisle to make that happen. The fact that Sen. Cruz accepted the invitation to my home was a step in the right direction toward him having a better understanding of who I am and what I believe in."

Cruz is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage but had told people at the event that he would not love his daughters any differently if one of them were gay.

On Thursday, when the Times initially reported on the event, the newspaper wrote that Cruz "struck quite a different tone" regarding his views on same-sex marriage, saying he may have altered his view simply to appease an audience.

After the report, Cruz issued a statement saying: "It speaks volumes that The New York Times considers it newsworthy that a Republican who believes marriage is between a man and a woman would meet with people who hold a different view."

"The purpose of the meeting and the primary topics of conversation were national security, foreign policy, and America's commitment to standing with Israel. On the subject of marriage, when asked, I stated directly and unambiguously what everyone in the room already knew, that I oppose gay marriage and I support traditional marriage."  

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Two gay hotel owners are facing a backlash this week after it was reported that they hosted Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, the conservative 2016 presidential hopeful, for a small dinner to discuss foreign policy.
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