Senator Ted Cruz has found himself embroiled in controversy from both liberals and conservatives on Twitter after condemning Uganda’s stringent new anti-LGBTQ laws.
The legislation, recently signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni, has been widely criticized for its severe restrictions and the death penalty it imposes for “aggravated homosexuality.”
Cruz took to Twitter in response to a New York Times article highlighting the oppressive nature of Uganda’s new legislation. In his tweet, Cruz described the law as “horrific” and an “abomination,” emphasizing that all civilized nations should unite in condemning such a violation of human rights.
However, the senator’s statement faced criticism from individuals across party lines. Liberals accused Cruz of hypocrisy, pointing to his previous stances on LGBTQ rights within the United States.
Conservatives accused him of aligning with the left and diverting attention from other issues.
While some Twitter users questioned Cruz’s focus on Uganda, others highlighted instances where they believed he had not been consistent in advocating for LGBTQ rights domestically. The criticism ranged from questioning his stance on transgender issues to referencing laws affecting LGBTQ individuals in his home state of Texas.
Notably, Cruz’s criticism of Uganda’s anti-LGBTQ law contrasts with his previous positions on gay rights. He had previously voiced opposition to the legalization of same-sex marriage, describing the Supreme Court’s decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case as “clearly wrong.” Additionally, he voted against the Respect for Marriage Act, citing concerns about religious liberties.
As the discourse continues, it remains to be seen how Cruz’s stance on Uganda’s anti-LGBTQ law will impact his political standing and the broader conversation around LGBTQ rights within the United States.