Rafael Cruz, the father of US Senator Ted Cruz, is railing against San Antonio’s anti-discrimination laws, which covers LGBTI citizens, with a falsehood about ministers facing fines.
This past September, the city council of Texas’ second most populated city, voted to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status in the city’s anti-bias statutes.
According to Right Wing Watch, the elder Cruz participated in a Tea Party Unity conference call last week. The Tea Party is the conservative/libertarian wing of the Republican Party.
‘All we have to do is turn on the news and every day we see more and more encroachment upon pastors from this administration,’ Cruz said, as reported by Right Wing Watch.
‘All they have to do is be aware of what’s happening around us and to be aware, for example, that in the city of San Antonio, if a pastor speaks on Romans 1, he could be even fined $500 a day until he retracts what he said,’ Cruz continued.
Some commentators read Romans 1 of the Bible as a condemnation of gay sexuality.
There are no reported cases of San Antonio ministers being fined for preaching.
In mid-February Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, repeated his opposition to marriage equality and charged President Obama was ‘trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states.’
Below is the Right Wing clip of Rafael Cruz’s baseless charge: