Ted Cruz called Uganda's anti-gay law 'horrific.' Last year, he voted against protecting same sex marriages.

Ted Cruz called Uganda's anti-gay law 'horrific.' Last year, he voted against protecting same sex marriages.
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  • Ted Cruz was one of many politicians who condemned Uganda's new anti-gay bill, calling it "horrific."
  • The new legislation means gay people in Uganda could be sentenced to death for their sexuality.

Sen. Ted Cruz has joined the ranks of public figures condemning Uganda's new anti-gay legislation, calling it "horrific" and "wrong."

The Texas Republican took to Twitter to condemn the law, which includes a death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality," per Reuters.

Cruz wrote: "This Uganda law is horrific & wrong. Any law criminalizing homosexuality or imposing the death penalty for 'aggravated homosexuality' is grotesque & an abomination."

He added: "ALL civilized nations should join together in condemning this human rights abuse."

The tweet has been viewed 9.1 million times as of press time.


Cruz is one of many politicians who have condemned the new law.

President Joe Biden called for the law's "immediate repeal" in a statement on Monday, saying that it was a "tragic violation of universal human rights." He also added that he would consider implementing "sanctions and restriction of entry into the United States against anyone involved in serious human rights abuses or corruption."

However, Cruz's criticism of Uganda's new law stands in contrast to his established stance on gay rights.

Cruz previously said the US Supreme Court was "clearly wrong" about its 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, which legalized same-sex marriages.

"Obergefell, like Roe v. Wade, ignored two centuries of our nation's history. Marriage was always an issue that was left to the states," he said in a podcast in July.


And in November, he voted against the Respect for Marriage Act, a move to provide federal protection for same-sex and interracial marriages. The law was eventually passed in the Senate without his support.

At the time, Cruz said passing the bill would be an "attack on religious liberties," The Texas Tribune reported.

Cruz's representatives did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment sent outside regular working hours.