“For my entire adult life, I have been an ardent supporter and activist for gay rights and LGBT organizations worldwide. I was given the opportunity to have a candid conversation with Senator Ted Cruz on where he stood on issues including the state of Israel and national security, which are the only places where we share common ground. It was just three months ago that I hosted a ‘Ready for Hillary’ event for a record turnout of 900 people at The OUT Hotel. Senator Ted Cruz and I disagree strongly on the issue of gay marriage, but having an open dialogue with those who have differing political opinions is a part of what this country was founded on. My tireless support of the gay community and its causes worldwide hasn’t changed and will not change.” – New York City hotelier Ian Reisner, posting tonight on his Facebook page.
NOTE: There are conflicting reports at whether the event with Cruz was a fundraiser. CNN is saying that it was, but the New York Times is saying this “Mr. Cruz was on a fund-raising tour of New York City, although the dinner was not a fund-raiser.” I’ve added this notation to previous posts on this topic.