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Sen. Ted Cruz said the Supreme Court wrongly decided Obergefell, the ruling that legalized same-sex marriage

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is seen before the flag-draped casket bearing the remains of Hershel W. “Woody” Williams lies in honor in the U.S. Capitol, Thursday, July 14, 2022, in Washington.

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  • Sen. Ted Cruz said he thinks the Supreme Court was “overreaching” when it decided Obergefell.
  • Obergefell v. Hodges, which was decided in 2015, legalized same-sex marriage across the country.
  • He said he’s unsure if the Supreme Court would overrule it and that he thinks it differs from Roe.

Sen. Ted Cruz said he thinks the Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage was wrongly decided, as some speculate the overturning of Roe v. Wade could impact other rights.

The Republican senator made the comments during an interview with conservative commentator Liz Wheeler. He shared a video of the exchange on his YouTube channel Saturday.

“Obergefell, like Roe v. Wade, ignored two centuries of our nation’s history. Marriage was always an issue that was left to the states,” Cruz said when asked how Obergefell could be vulnerable if it came before the Supreme Court again.

Cruz noted that before Obergefell v. Hodges was decided in 2015, some states had moved to legalize same-sex marriages or civil partnerships. He said without the ruling, that process would’ve continued.

“I think that decision was clearly wrong when it was decided. It was the court overreaching,” he said, adding that he’s not sure if the Supreme Court would reverse it.

Cruz, who supported Roe’s reversal, said he agreed with the justices who said overturning Roe was unique because it involved “potential life.”

—Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) July 16, 2022


The Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe has prompted concern that other rights, including same-sex marriage and the right to contraception, could be overturned.

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