Texas Senator Ted Cruz has criticized fellow Republicans who have accepted the Supreme Court's ruling striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states.

Speaking over the weekend at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Cruz told social conservatives who had gathered to hear from 10 Republican presidential candidates that he would not give up the fight.

“It was sad to see more than a few Republicans, including more than a few 2016 candidates, publicly saying it's the law of the land, it's settled, surrender and move on,” Cruz said. “There is something profoundly wrong when Republicans running for president are reading from Barack Obama's talking points.”

“And I will tell you what my prayer is in the face of this disgraceful, lawless decision from the court. That it will spark an awakening. That it will awaken the body of Christ and lift us up to rise up for the 54 million evangelicals who are staying home to say, 'We will take this country back for our values.'”

Cruz then stood up to applaud his own remarks.