HRC Statement on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s Endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz

Brandon Lorenz

Today, HRC released the following statement after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence endorsed Ted Cruz for President.

“When it comes to rolling back the gains we have made under President Obama and putting the LGBT community at risk for discrimination, Mike Pence and Ted Cruz are two peas in a pod,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “Ted Cruz rushed to Mike Pence’s defense last year and said he was 'proud' to stand with Pence and defend his 'Right to Discriminate' legislation. At a time when an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers support LGBT equality, Ted Cruz and Mike Pence couldn’t be more wrong or out of touch with voters across Indiana.”

Non-partisan polling from the Public Religion Research Institute this year found that a 70 percent majority of Hoosiers support LGBT non-discrimination protections. And a 58 percent majority oppose allowing businesses to discriminate and deny service to LGBT people for religious reasons.

Read more about Ted Cruz’s defense of Mike Pence’s RFRA bill here.

In addition to supporting the so-called “First Amendment Defense Act” that would enable more Kim Davis-like discrimination across the country, Ted Cruz has made anti-transgender rhetoric an integral part of his bid for the White House. His campaign recently released an attack ad smearing transgender people with vile lies, and also threw a transgender teenager out of a campaign event. During a prior campaign stop in Iowa, he turned a simple question on education into a bigoted rant against the Obama Administration's decision to support a transgender student, falsely accusing officials of forcing the school to "let a little boy take showers with junior high girls."

Elsewhere on the campaign trail, Cruz has decried efforts to lift the ban prohibiting transgender Americans from serving openly in the military, even though the American Medical Association approved a resolution earlier this year that said, there is "no medically valid reason to exclude transgender individuals from service in the U.S. military."

For more on Cruz’s anti-LGBT record, click here.

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