Barney Frank Praises Ted Cruz For Position On Gay Marriage

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Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) praised Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his view on gay marriage on Thursday's broadcast of CNBC's Squawk Box. Cruz appeared on the show prior to Frank and said though he believes marriage is between one man and one woman, that it is up to each state to decide what their marriage law should be.

"I support the Constitution letting each state decide each marriage law consistent with the values of their citizens," Cruz said. "If the citizens of California decide they want to allow gay marriage, that's a decision for them."

Barney Frank said Cruz's comments represent an "evolution" of how gay marriage is viewed in the U.S.

"Ted Cruz is one of the most conservative people in American politics. He just made a very important statement that you quoted, that you ran on the air, which he said if a state wants to have same-sex marriage, that's okay," Frank said. "So even Ted Cruz's position, as I said he's the leader of the right in America, he represents an evolution in favor of allowing same-sex marriage."

"It's even more vindication that the country is moving when someone on the right takes that position," Frank said.

Frank also said that people who oppose gay marriage shouldn't be disqualified from serving in higher political office.

"I wouldn't disqualify someone who is anti-marriage. Someone who is vehemently anti-gay or anti-black or anti-Semitic or anti-Catholic, then you don't want them in there," Frank said.

BARNEY FRANK: Can I make a point of what's the most significant politically and shine on the progress that we've made in LGBT issues? Ted Cruz is one of the most conservative people in American politics. He just made a very important statement that you quoted, that you ran on the air, which he said if a state wants to have same-sex marriage, that's okay.

That is an advance over the conservative position of just ten years ago. After Massachusetts declared [gay] marriage [legal] -- George Bush a more mainstream Republican, not one of the more right-wing ones, asked Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to prevent the states from doing what Ted Cruz now says states should be able to do... So even Ted Cruz's position, as I said he's the leader of the right in America, he has -- he represents an evolution in favor of allowing same-sex marriage.

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