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Ted Cruz: ‘Pray’ for discrimination because same-sex marriage is ‘heartbreaking’

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Tea party-backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) this week called on his supporters to “simply pray” that LGBT Americans were not allowed to have equal rights because the thought of same-sex marriage was “heartbreaking.”

In an interview on Monday, conservative radio host Janet Mefferd asked Cruz why he felt the need to introduce the “State Marriage Defense Act” in an effort to undo the Supreme Court’s decision striking down parts of the federal government’s ban on marriage equality.

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The Texas Republican accused advocacy groups of using “brute power” to wage an assault and “subvert our democratic system.”

“They want to use brute power to force the states to take down marriage laws that have been in place for centuries, and that’s inconsistent with the Constitution,” he opined. “And it’s not right, and it’s heartbreaking. Because you and I both know that the best environment for children to be raised is a loving home with a mother and father.”

Cruz said that there was “an awakening” of “millions” of Americans who were lining up behind his campaign against marriage equality.

But in addition to traditional activism, he also encourage people to ask God to deny marriage rights to gay and lesbian people.

“I think the most important thing your listeners can do is simply pray,” Cruz said. “Because we need a great deal of prayer. Because marriage is really, really being undermined by a concerted effort. And it’s causing significant harm.”

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Listen to the audio below from the Janet Mefferd Show, uploaded by Right Wing Watch.

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[Photo: Ted Cruz via Gage Skidmore]

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Chief Justice Roberts admonishes lawyers at Senate impeachment trial

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Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts made his first major intervention in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) finished his closing arguments on why former National Security Advisor John Bolton should testify, the White House team went on the attack. Yelling and demanding apologies, the president's team was more animated than they'd been all night. Roberts then admonished the House and White House on their language.

Claiming the Senate is the "world's greatest deliberative body" -- despite what he had witnessed during 12 hours of the impeachment trial -- Roberts complained about language that was "not conducive to civil discourse."

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White House lawyers begin yelling at Democrats during late-night impeachment trial — after Trump starts tweeting

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President Donald Trump woke up and began tweeting around midnight EST during the Senate impeachment trial over the amendments over the rules. That's when a noticeable thing changed on the Senate floor: Trump's team started yelling.

Nearing 1 a.m. EST Tuesday morning while the president was tweeting about impeachment, his team began attacking Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) personally. They called him a liar and accused him of attacking the president and demanded an apology. After nearly 12 hours this was the first time the White House got even remotely animated after a dull defense of the president.

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Here is the self-inflicted blunder Mitch McConnell made that destroyed his entire case: ex-DOJ official

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The former chief of the criminal fraud section at the Department of Justice broke down a mistake made by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) late on Tuesday evening.

McConnell urged something known as "vote stacking" in which there would be a vote-a-rama sequence of vote after vote -- without any debate on the amendments.

Andrew Weissmann, who played a management role in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, explained how McConnell undermined his own argument.

"I think Mitch McConnell may have made a bit of a miscalculation there because what he is really saying -- 'Can you stack these?' -- is it doesn't matter what you say, because we're going to vote against it," he explained.

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