As gaysocialites.blog reported, Reisner and his business partner/ former lover Mati Weiderpass hosted an event for anti-gay Presidential candidate Ted Cruz at their home last week. Reisner initially said Senator Cruz didn’t speak out against gay marriage. His aides have quickly made it clear that Cruz does not support same-sex unions.
Now, both Reisner and Weiderpass have apologized via Facebook.
“I am shaken to my bones by the emails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” Reisner writes.
He goes on to say:
“I was ignorant, naïve and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights,” Mr. Reisner said.
“I’ve spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz’s statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry. I sincerely apologize for hurting the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees. I will try my best to make up for my poor judgment. Again, I am deeply sorry.”
“I share in Ian’s remorse. I, too, lay humbled with what has happened in the last week. I made a terrible mistake.”
That hasn’t stopped the boycott effort against both the OUT Hotel and Reisner’s holdings of the Fire Island Pines. The Facebook group has over 10,000 members as of Tuesday morning, and more than 100 people held a protest outside the OUT Hotel on Monday night.