Ellen Page confronts Ted Cruz in Iowa: 'You're discriminating against LGBT people'
Ellen Page, wearing a hat and sunglasses, confronted presidential hopeful Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fair on Friday while he was grilling porkchops. The exchange was caught on camera by ABC News.
The actress hosting TV show forVice Media titled "Gaycation With Ellen Page," and her confrontation with the GOP political candidate is planned to be part of that series, an insider told The Hollywood Reporter.
The duo got into a debate about religious liberty and LGBT discrimination. Page asked Cruz about LGBT people being fired for being gay or trans and he said, "Well, what we're seeing right now, we're seeing Bible-believing Christians being persecuted for living according to their faith."
"You're discriminating against LGBT people," Page said to Cruz, as quoted by ABC News. The actress asked him if he would use that same argument when discussing segregation.
"Now I'm happy to answer your question, but not to have a back-and-forth debate," said Cruz, before continuing his argument.
"No one has the right to force someone else to abandon their faith and their conscience," he said. He then switched the standard narrative of a Christian florist denying wedding flowers to a gay couple. "Imagine, hypothetically, you had a gay florist and imagine two evangelicals wanted to get married and they decide, 'You know what, I disagree with your faith and I don't want to provide flowers,'" said Cruz.
ABC News reports the actress and politician spoke to each other for five minutes and Cruz said he hadn't known it was Page at the time of their conversation.
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