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Sun Apr 26, 2015, 08:00 PM

Gay Businessman Who Hosted Cruz Event Apologizes

Ian Reisner, one of the two gay hoteliers facing boycott calls for hosting an event for Senator Ted Cruz, who is adamantly opposed to gay marriage, apologized to the gay community for showing “poor judgment.”

Mr. Reisner put the apology on Facebook, where a page calling for a boycott of his properties, the gay-friendly OUT NYC hotel and his Fire Island Pines holdings, had gotten more than 8,200 “likes” by Sunday evening.

“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,” wrote Mr. Reisner.

The New York Times first reported on the event, a dinner and on April 20, at the duplex Mr. Reisner and his business partner Mati Weiderpass co-own on Central Park South in Manhattan. The event was a “fireside chat” for about a dozen people, but was not a fund-raiser.


http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/04/26/gay-businessman-who-hosted-cruz-event-apologizes/

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Reply Gay Businessman Who Hosted Cruz Event Apologizes (Original post)
smokingman Apr 2015 OP
Goldengirl Apr 2015 #1
Jimmy Calhoun Apr 2015 #3
Crazy D Apr 2015 #5
Jimmy Calhoun Apr 2015 #6
Daves Not Here Man Apr 2015 #7
Strange Luck Apr 2015 #9
OneLoudVoice Apr 2015 #10
BlackSabbath Apr 2015 #13
Daves Not Here Man Apr 2015 #2
Jimmy Calhoun Apr 2015 #4
starcat Apr 2015 #8
GiovanniJones Apr 2015 #11
BlackSabbath Apr 2015 #14
steelysunshine Apr 2015 #12
Letmypeoplevote May 2015 #15
Letmypeoplevote May 2015 #16

Response to smokingman (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 08:08 PM

1. So Ian Reisner ...

...would of denied a room for Ted Cruz? Is that what the gays are bitchin about being denied a wedding cake? The gays are sure one sided when it comes to discrimination.

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Response to Goldengirl (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 08:44 PM

3. Because gay Americans (who number in the millions) all think and act alike?

How do you generalize a whole social group based on one man's actions?

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Response to Jimmy Calhoun (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 08:45 PM

5. Why not.....liberals do it all the time

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Response to Crazy D (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 08:48 PM

6. Some gays hold possible double standards, therefore all gays should be denied equal rights?

I'm not saying that's your personal stance, but I have seen that sentiment from some conservative posters.

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Response to Crazy D (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 08:54 PM

7. Is this irony? Generalizing about generalizing?

I think it's rather bad form to point and say "So & so does it, so will I.". Ymmv.

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Response to Goldengirl (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 11:48 PM

9. From the article

“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,” Mr. Reisner said.

What is this about denying someone a room you are talking about?

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Response to Goldengirl (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 11:53 PM

10. false equivalency

on many levels.

If they had declined Cruz a room in one of their hotels based on him being straight, that would be wrong.

They invited him to their home. That was not a business decision, unless they offer to personally host political events for all members of the public who might want it. That was personal support.

And that's without getting into the difference between political support vs religious freedom.

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Response to Goldengirl (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 27, 2015, 08:15 AM

13. would "have"

 

not would "of"

This is very basic shit.

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Response to smokingman (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 08:37 PM

2. I'm opposed to this line of thinking.

Maybe if Cruz was to meet and mingle with some gay people he wouldn't have such a shitty stance. Condemning people because they associate with someone who may not agree with them on something is absurd. Gawd forbid people make their own choices on who to associate with. Bleh.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 08:44 PM

4. Agreed.

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Response to smokingman (Original post)

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 10:25 PM

8. Leftist bullies win one.

 

Disappointing.

Clearly business comes before principles for this guy.

Sad all around.

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Response to smokingman (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2015, 02:02 AM

11. Maybe he was "Cruzing"?

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Response to GiovanniJones (Reply #11)

Mon Apr 27, 2015, 08:16 AM

14. He's never denied being a closet homosexual

 

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Response to smokingman (Original post)

Mon Apr 27, 2015, 07:54 AM

12. So do Republicans have cooties now?

I don't get the backlash. I wouldn't be inviting Cruz to a fireside chat, because he creeps me out. But, I am not going to knock someone for trying to open up communication between parties and the warring factions in this country. I would have probably started with one of the few not crazy members of the party if someone would find one for me. Anyway props to the guy for trying even if I don't get why he was pressured to apologize.

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Response to smokingman (Original post)

Tue May 5, 2015, 04:38 PM

15. Why the Boycott Against Ted Cruz's Gay Hosts Is a Watershed Moment

These fools are being boycotted for the stupidity and their non-apology apology is not being accepted http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelangelo-signorile/ted-cruz-gay-hosts-boycott_b_7203340.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

For almost two weeks a boycott has been in full force against two gay hoteliers, Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, who hosted anti-gay U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), now running for the 2016 GOP nomination for the presidency, at their Central Park South apartment. One of them boasted about it on Facebook a couple of days later, seemingly oblivious to the backlash he'd face. In a matter of days, Cruz, one of the most vocally anti-gay members of the U.S. Senate, introduced two bills aimed at blunting same-sex marriage, including a constitutional amendment. Organizations such as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the New York City Gay Men's Chorus have canceled fundraisers at the men's hotel, Out NYC, and the Fire Island Property Owners Association is under pressure to take a stand against the men, who own businesses in the Fire Island Pines, including a nightclub, bars and a hotel.

The most telling thing that Reisner said at the outset, quoted by The New York Times in response to the backlash, perhaps hoping the entire affair would blow over, was that marriage equality is "done -- it's just going to happen," as if it doesn't matter anymore and the men could pursue support of Cruz on other issues upon which they agree, such as his right-wing policies toward Israel. As the uproar grew, the men released a statement, changing course, saying that the evening provided "the opportunity to have a candid conversation with Senator Ted Cruz on why he should rethink his view on gay marriage," as if this was all about reaching out to the other side. When that didn't quell the outrage, and with a protest by LGBT activists soon to happen in front of their hotel on 42nd Street last week, the men offered a full-blown but insincere apology that was all about trying to save their businesses, with Reisner declaring he was "shaken to the bone." Indeed.
The fact that these two log cabin types felt free to associate with Carnival Cruz is now hurting their business.

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Response to smokingman (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2015, 06:56 PM

16. These idiots unapologize

The morons who hosted a fundraiser for Ted Cruz are being boycotted and now are irked. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/11/mati-weiderpass-oped_n_7258712.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

Openly gay New York hotelier Mati Weiderpass penned an op-ed this week, lashing out at "gay extremists" for protests surrounding a discussion he hosted with presidential hopeful Ted Cruz in late April....

The pair faced heavy backlash for hosting the lawmaker who, in the same week, filed two bills to protect states' rights to ban same-sex marriage.

Weiderpass initially defended the decision, claiming that "people on both sides of the aisle need to be able to communicate with one another even when they ideologically disagree." Both Reisner and Weiderpass later, however, issued separate apologies, both claiming that "a terrible mistake" had been made.

Despite apologies from the businessmen, the queer community still organized a protest outside of the OUT NYC hotel in late April. In wake of this, Weiderpass is once again changing his tune surrounding the meeting with Cruz. In a lengthy op-ed published in The New York Observer, the openly gay businessman calls those attacking him on social media "gay extremists."
I am amused that gay activitists would think that Ted Cruz would be willing to help LGBT causes and then are surprised when they face the consequences for their actions

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