When Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz appeared on CBS's The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Monday night, the audience responded to his position on marriage equality with boos and hisses.
During the recorded interview, Cruz said he believed that "under the Constitution, marriage is a question for the states." Colbert challenged Cruz, reminding him, "It doesn't mention marriage in the Constitution."
When members of the audience began hissing at and booing Cruz, loud enough to be heard, Colbert held up his hand to stop them, and reminded them to be civil. "However you feel, he's my guest, so please don't boo him," Colbert said.
Cruz continued, "I don't think we should trust governing our society to five unelected lawyers in Washington," he said, referring to the five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court who issued a landmark decision June 26 making marriage equality the law throughout the United States.
Earlier this month, Cruz tried to express his sentiments regarding marriage equality by showing up to a rally in support of anti-marriage equality clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed in Kentucky for refusing to issue marriage licenses. Cruz visited Davis behind bars but was denied a platform at that event by fellow presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who organized the rally.
Cruz has long argued against marriage equality, claiming it is not the will of the people, although polls have shown that the majority of the American public supports the right of same-sex couples to wed.