CLAIM

Ted Cruz said that there were no mass shootings when "gays stayed hidden." See Example( s )

EXAMPLES
Collected via Email, February 2016

Is this true? Saw this posted and I don't believe it.
ted cruz quote
FALSE

RATING

FALSE

ORIGIN

In February 2016, a quote purportedly from Republican senator Ted Cruz about a connection between being openly gay and the proliferation of mass shootings (and public nudity) started recirculating on social media, along with a message urging people not to support the presidential candidate.

However, while Cruz still openly opposes same-sex marriage, he never said this. A video of the senator’s speech at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference makes it clear that the above-displayed quote did not originate with the Republican presidential candidate:

 

The meme with the fake quote was originally posted by the entertainment Facebook group “Stop The World The Teabaggers Want Off” in February 2015.

This isn’t the first time that this particular page has targeted Cruz.  It also claimed (falsely) that Cruz had said there was “no place for gays in America,” and that businesses should exercise their right to turn openly gay customers away.