Texas Senator Ted Cruz said on Friday that while he doesn't endorse discrimination, Christians should not be forced to serve gays and lesbians.

Appearing at a Houston Baptist University forum on faith, Cruz was asked whether Christian photographers and bakers opposed to marriage equality should be compelled to serve gays.

“Everyone has to reconcile their own faith with how they interact with others, and that's a choice you've got to make based on your understanding of biblical teachings and based on the best understanding you can come to it,” answered Cruz, a Republican.

“I'm very much a believer that the scripture teaches that you hate the sin and love the sinner, and so, you know, from my perspective I am perfectly willing to interact with anybody,” he said. “Look, I work in the U.S. Congress. But at the same time, I don’t think the law should be forcing Americans to violate their religious faith.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

As recently as March, Cruz, who is frequently mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, reiterated his opposition to allowing gay couples to marry.