Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was quick to defend Kim Davis in a statement following her imprisonment (video below). Davis, Kentucky county clerk, was jailed and held in contempt of court on Sept. 3 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The judge said Davis will remain behind bars until she issues marriage licenses to gay couples.
Davis had stopped issuing marriage licenses to both gay and straight couples after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.
Cruz later appeared on "The Kelly File" on Fox News to defend Davis.
The Ted Cruz campaign website posted a statement:
"Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America.
"I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to choose between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court opinion.
"In dissent, Chief Justice Roberts rightly observed that the Court's marriage opinion has nothing to do with the Constitution. Justice Scalia observed that the Court's opinion was so contrary to law that state and local officials would choose to defy it.
"For every politician — Democrat and Republican — who is tut-tutting that Davis must resign, they are defending a hypocritical standard. Where is the call for the mayor of San Francisco to resign for creating a sanctuary city — resulting in the murder of American citizens by criminal illegal aliens welcomed by his lawlessness?
"Where is the call for President Obama to resign for ignoring and defying our immigration laws, our welfare reform laws, and even his own Obamacare?
"When the mayor of San Francisco and President Obama resign, then we can talk about Kim Davis.
"Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office. That is the consequence of their position. Or, if Christians do serve in public office, they must disregard their religious faith — or be sent to jail.
"Kim Davis should not be in jail. We are a country founded on Judeo-Christian values, founded by those fleeing religious oppression and seeking a land where we could worship God and live according to our faith, without being imprisoned for doing so.
"I call upon every Believer, every Constitutionalist, every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis. Stop the persecution now."