William Teach points out a very important value about Cruz. Principles
This is one of the things I love about Ted Cruz: he understands the point of American Conservatism, that one of the major foundations is based on federalism and the importance of the 10th Amendment
(ABC News) Sen. Ted Cruz today invoked the protections included in the Constitution when a gay man asked the Republican presidential candidate about his work protecting the rights of gay voters.
Responding to a question from Todd Calogne, a married gay man who is a registered Republican and owner of a pizza parlor in New York City, Cruz said the Constitution protects the rights of all citizens equally. (Snip)
When asked further about the Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage nationally and what would happen to gay people who are already married, Cruz said marriage laws should be settled on the state level rather than the federal level.
Absolutely correct! And, understand how this illustrates the importance of placing principles over issues. Cruz is for traditional marriage that is his position on the issue. But his principled belief in Federalism supersedes that view on principle! It IS, under our constitution a state by state decision. So, Cruz would, on principle, support the right of a state to define marriage as they wish.