Politicians React to Tim Cook's 'Proud to be Gay' Stance

The reaction, or lack thereof, to Apple CEO's coming out announcement shows how far gay rights have come in America.

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Shortly after Bloomberg Businessweek on Thursday published a deeply personal article by Apple CEO Tim Cook in which he declared, "I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," a handful of politicians from across the ideological spectrum began weighing in.

A staunch defender of "traditional marriage," Texas Senator Ted Cruz said he had no qualms with a private citizen coming out as gay.

"Those are his personal choices. I’ll tell you, I love my iPhone," Cruz told The Hill

"Listen, Tim Cook makes his personal decisions, and that is his life. My focus is on the constitutional question of who has the authority to make decisions," Cruz added, indicating that he continued to view the question of same-sex marriage as a states' rights issue. 

Not surprisingly, liberal politicians were also supportive of Cook's announcement, though without any legislative caveats. 

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In a  letter published in the Wall Street Journal in 2013, Cook called on Congress to outlaw job discrimination based on sexual orientation. Last week, Cook lambasted his home state for dragging its feet on civil rights in a speech he delivered after being inducted to the Alabama Academy of Honor.

By and large, however, the response in the hours following the release of Cook's article and the ensuing social media frenzy were marked by relative quiet from socially conservative politicians, such as Representative Michele Bachmann and former Senator Rick Santorum. In Russia, however, one official isn't keeping quiet. Vitaly Milonov, whose anti-gay agenda led to a federal ban on discussing homosexuality around kids, has called for a lifetime ban on Cook entering the country, the blog Death and Taxes reported.  

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