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Owner of NYC gay-oriented hotel lashes out at ‘gay extremists’ over backlash for Ted Cruz dinner

From left: Mati Weiderpass, Ted Cruz, Sam Domb, and Ian Reisner gather in Weiderpass’ apartment in April, for a ‘fireside chat’ set off a firestorm of reactions within the gay community.
From left: Mati Weiderpass, Ted Cruz, Sam Domb, and Ian Reisner gather in Weiderpass’ apartment in April, for a ‘fireside chat’ set off a firestorm of reactions within the gay community. Facebook

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But organizations that had events planned at the hotel including the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus canceled them when a story about the Cruz dinner appeared in The New York Times.

Jason Cannon, the chorus’ interim executive director, said the chorus canceled an April 25 fundraiser even though a deposit had been paid.

“We needed to make sure that it was very clear to the community that we were in full support of the community,” Cannon said.

In his op-ed piece, Weiderpass said the dinner he and Reisner hosted in their apartment was not a campaign fundraiser but an opportunity “to discuss a number of important issues, including support for Israel and support for gay rights.”

Although Cruz opposes same-sex marriage, Reisner told the Times that the Texas senator told fellow dinner guests, “If one of my daughters was gay, I would love them just as much.”

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Weiderpass and Reisner did not respond to a request for comment placed through their business, Parkview Developers.

A spokesman for Cruz declined to comment.

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