- The Washington Times - Friday, August 21, 2015

Actress Ellen Page confronted Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fair on Friday about “the persecution of gays in the workplace.”

“What about the question about LGBT people being fired for being gay-trans?” the openly gay actress asked the senator as he grilled pork chops, ABC News reported.

“Well, what we’re seeing right now, we’re seeing Bible-believing Christians being persecuted for living according to their faith,” Mr. Cruz responded.

“You’re discriminating against LGBT people,” Ms. Page, 28, interjected. “Well, would you use that argument in segregation?”

“Now I’m happy to answer your question, but not to have a back-and-forth debate,” said Mr. Cruz, 44.

He went on to argue that “no one has the right to force someone else to abandon their faith and their conscience.”

“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,’” Mr. Cruz continued.

Afterward, Mr. Cruz was surprised to find out it was Ms. Page, whom he spoke with for over five minutes, ABC News reported.

The “Juno” star is in Iowa on a project for VICE Media, her publicist told ABC News, declining to provide details.

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