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Gay businessman bullied into apologizing for inviting Cruz to party: ‘I am shaken to my bones’

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Compliance is not optional in the totalitarian world of gay activist politics, when a gay businessman was forced to apologize for inviting Sen. Ted Cruz to a party.

Ian Reisner responded to the LGBT community’s scathing criticism and anger by posting an apology on his Facebook page.

“I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” Reisner said. “I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights.”

How Reisner, who along with business partner Mati Weiderpass, owns a New York City gay-themed nightclub, a hotel, and a resort on Long Island, could be blind to Republican presidential hopeful Cruz’s stand on gay marriage is somewhat of a mystery.

Cruz has been vocal about his opposition to same-sex marriage; only a few weeks ago, he said, “We look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas going after people of faith who respect the biblical teaching that marriage is the union of one man [and] one woman.”

Read more: Jindal, Cruz attack gay ‘jihad’ against Christians from Hollywood and big business

It’s more likely that the forces organizing against him convinced Reisner of the futility of opposing them.  In the face of calls for boycotts, and Broadway Cares cancellation of an AIDS fundraiser at 42West, a club owned by the two men, Reisner had no choice but to back down.

“I’ve spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz’ statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry,” he wrote.  “I sincerely apologize for hurting the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees. I will try my best to make up for my poor judgement [sic]. Again, I am deeply sorry.”

The New York Times reported Sunday that the apology was posted a day before a scheduled protest march in front of Reisner’s hotel, OUT NYC.

Some Twitter users were not surprised.

Steve Berman


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