Senator Ted Cruz went on Late Night last Monday (March 16) and faced tough questions from host Seth Meyers. The conversation started with sweet talking and ended with Meyers saying, "I don't know if you're right on all that stuff."
Cruz has said on various occasions that same-sex marriage should be left up to each individual state and has been quoted as saying that it allow states to preserve traditional marriage, hence his introduced legislation: the State Marriage Defense Act, which would disallow the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in the states that ban it.
"In order to get elected President, you have to have, you know, at least half of the people," Meyers went on. "[They] have to agree with your positions. Let's talk about gay marriage. At right time, 59 percent of Americans think gay marriage should be legal, 40 percent of Republicans, yet, you just passed a bill saying states should be allowed to decide on their own. Why take up that cause now when it seems like it's inevitable that the tide of progress is gonna turn that way?"
"Listen, I'm a Constitutionalist," Cruz continued. "For over 200 years, marriage has been a question for the states. Now, personally I believe in traditional marriage between one man and one woman. But if you want to change the marriage laws, the way to do it constitutionally, is convince your fellow citizens to go to the state legislator and change it. It shouldn't be the federal government or unelected judges imposing their own definition of marriage. We should, instead, respect our constitutional system."