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Actress Ellen Page Confronts Ted Cruz On LGBT Issues At Iowa State Fair

This actually might be the most substantive debate about LGBT issues so far this election cycle.

Actress Ellen Page confronted Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the Iowa Sate Fair on Friday, asking the candidate a barrage of questions concerning LGBT rights and religious freedom.

Page began by asking the senator, who was wearing an apron and grilling pork chops, his opinion on Americans losing their jobs for "just strictly being gay or trans."

"What we’re seeing right now, we’re seeing Bible-believing Christians being persecuted for living according to their faith," Cruz said. "For discriminating against LGBT people," Page responded.

Cruz went on to reference the real-life scenario of Dick and Betty Odgaard, an Iowa couple who shut down their business after a long legal battle for refusing to host a same-sex wedding. "No one has the right to force someone else to abandon their faith and their conscience," Cruz said.

The GOP presidential candidate also went on to say that the serious anti-gay oppression is occurring in Islamic states. "ISIS is executing gay people, Iran is executing homosexuals, and on the left you hear complete silence about Iran hanging homosexuals," he said.

Page responded that there are Christians in Jamaica persecuting LGBT people "to a really, very violent extent." Cruz went on to respond that while Jamaica may not be "celebrating a gay pride parade," the nation isn't murdering people.

(Jamaica actually held its first pride parade this year, and there is a long history of mob violence targeting people believed to be gay or trans, including a 2013 incident in which a teenager named Dwayne Jones was hacked to death by a mob after wearing women's clothes to a party in the northern city of Montego Bay.)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress was at the fair filming for her upcoming Vice TV show Gaycation With Ellen Page. This scene with the Texas senator is planned to be included.

Page, who came out as gay in a public speech just last year, has mentioned Cruz on Twitter in the past:

Too bad Ted Cruz didn't spend some more formative years in Canada and realize how great public health care is.

,@tedcruz do your #farts smell like roses?


Following the confrontation, ABC News asked the senator if he realized he was speaking with actress Ellen Page. "I did not," he responded.

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The word is out on Twitter for who actually "won" this impromptu debate:

@EllenPage happy you're in Iowa standing up for #equality !!

Oh, Ellen Page. Bless your heart. Stick with reading scripts, maybe. @tedcruz

.@EllenPage did a really, really awesome job of grilling Ted Cruz on LGBT equality.

Better luck next time, @EllenPage. I'm not a Cruz fan, but that must have been embarrassing for you.