Watch Actress Ellen Page Grill Ted Cruz About LGBT Rights At Iowa State Fair

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Today, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz was confronted by actress Ellen Page at the Iowa State Fair over his views on homosexuality and the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

Page, who came out in 2014 at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference and has since become an activist and role model for LGBT youth, grilled Cruz shortly after he delivered a speech on the Des Moines Register Soap Box.

“You’re discriminating against LGBT people,” Page told Cruz. The actress asked him if he would use that same argument when discussing segregation.

“Now I’m happy to answer your question, but not to have a back-and-forth debate,” said Cruz.

“No one has the right to force someone else to abandon their faith and their conscience,” he said. “Imagine, hypothetically, you had a gay florist and imagine two evangelicals wanted to get married and they decide, ‘You know what, I disagree with your faith and I don’t want to provide flowers,’” said Cruz.

HRC adds:

In the exchange, Cruz, claimed that business owners were facing discrimination by being asked to serve all customers – including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers – equally. Contrary to his claims, HRC’s polling of self-identified LGBT Americans found that nearly two-thirds of LGBT people have experienced discrimination. Watch the exchange here.

Ted Cruz also bizarrely claimed that the abuses against LGBT people around the world are going unnoticed while suggesting that activists like Page made too big a deal of challenges in the U.S. In fact, the U.N. Security Council is scheduled to convene to discuss ISIS’s horrific violence against LGBT people in a special session this Monday, and the Human Rights Campaign is one of several organizations that proudly works to stem hate and advance LGBT equality around the world.

Watch the confrontation below:

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Here’s a second video of the confrontation via KCCI-TV: