Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, said last week that he hopes the Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states would provoke a massive backlash.

Speaking at a Georgia church's Independence Day celebration, Cruz condemned the decision.

“It is my hope that that marriage decision serves as a spark to start a fire that becomes a raging inferno and an awakening that sweeps this country as the body of Christ rise up to defend the values that have built America into this great nation that we are,” Cruz told the audience.

He also criticized Republican politicians who “publicly issued critical statements” and privately celebrated in backrooms with champagne because “they do not intend to stand for religious liberty.”

“I will always, always, always stand and defend the religious liberty of every American,” Cruz said.

(Related: Ted Cruz promises to run on opposition to gay marriage, Obamacare.)