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Christopher Rosen
September 22, 2015 AT 05:51 PM EDT

Texas senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was booed during his appearance on Monday’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert for his views on gay marriage.

During a discussion about whether Cruz could emulate Ronald Reagan as a Republican nominee when Reagan raised taxes and allowed amnesty for immigrants who enter the United States without proper documentation, Cruz explained his conservative values. “What I’m fighting for are simple principles: live within our means, stop bankrupting our kids and grandkids, follow the constitution.” To which Colbert added, “And no gay marriage.”

The host’s words drew applause from the audience. “Under the constitution, marriage is a question for the states,” Cruz replied. After Colbert noted that the U.S. constitution doesn’t mention marriage, Cruz said he felt it should rest with the states to decide on marriage legality.

“The 10th amendment says if [the constitution] doesn’t mention it, it’s a question for the states. That’s in the Bill of Rights,” Cruz said. “If you want to change the marriage laws. […] I believe in democracy. I don’t think we should trust …” Cruz’s words were cut off by boos from the crowd.

“Guys, however you feel, he’s my guest, so please don’t boo him,” Colbert said to the audience before allowing Cruz to finish his point.

Video of the interview can be seen below. The discussion of gay marriage happens around the three-minute mark.

Cruz is an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, and was confronted by Ellen Page on the subject last month.

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