One of two gay businessmen who hosted an event with GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz is apologizing to the LGBT community for his "poor judgment."
Ian Reisner, a hotelier whose properties have been subject to boycott calls since news of the meeting broke, wrote on Facebook that he made "a terrible mistake" by agreeing to host Cruz, who is adamantly opposed to gay marriage.
"I've spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz' statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry," he wrote. "I sincerely apologize for hurting the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees."
The New York Times reported that the April 20 event in Manhattan was a "fireside chat" for about a dozen attendees and that no money was raised for the Republican's presidential campaign.
Reisner, like Cruz, is a staunch supporter of Israel.
- Carrie Dann