Sen. Ted Cruz has joined the ranks of public figures condemning Uganda’s new anti-gay legislation, calling it horrific and wrong. He tweeted that any law criminalizing homosexuality is grotesque & an abomination, urging civilized nations to condemn Uganda’s law. His stance was met with backlash from some conservatives. While condemnation came from both major political parties, some on the right have defended the law that implements the death penalty for some gay people. Cruz on Monday responded to a pastor who criticized his opposition to Uganda’s law. He also hit back with another question, pointing to another Leviticus verse that reads, “For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.” Tom Ascol, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, responded to Cruz’s tweet calling out Uganda’s law, writing, “Tell it to God, Ted,” while citing Leviticus 20:13, a Bible verse frequently used to justify opposition to LGBTQ+ rights. Ascol told Newsweek he does not believe the US government should execute gay people but that the point of his question was to “determine if the senator believes that when God criminalized homosexual conduct in the Old Testament that our Maker was guilty of prescribing a law horrific and grotesque law.”