Once again, the most interesting presidential campaign that America has ever seen. Hopefully it won’t be our last one.
The controversy stemmed from the fact that when Cruz was solicitor general of Texas in 2007, he defended a state law that criminalized the sale of sex toys. As part of the case, Cruz’s office wrote in a brief that people don’t have the legal right to masturbate, Mother Jones reported on Friday. (His office lost, by the way. Read more about the case here.)
“There is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship,” the brief said.
However, as Snopes points out, it was Cruz’s job at the time to argue the state’s position on the matter, so the brief his office put out doesn’t necessarily reflect his personal beliefs. And the statement about people having the right to masturbate was actually referencing a 1985 ruling in which the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals made a similar statement.