Texas Senator Ted Cruz last week chaired a hearing titled With Prejudice: Supreme Court Activism and Possible Solutions at which he condemned the high court's decision striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states.

“It is with deep disappointment that I convene this hearing. I have long admired and even revered the United States Supreme Court,” said Cruz, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.

“Much to my great disappointment, this past term, the court crossed the line, continued its long descent into lawlessness; to a level that I believe demands action.”

“Five unelected judges declared that the marriage laws of all 50 states were now, somehow, transformed into being unconstitutional,” he continued. “That now, somewhere in the Constitution is a right to same-sex marriage. … The premise of the Court's decision is the rather ridiculous notion that the American people, when they ratified the 14th Amendment in 1868, were somehow silently and unbeknownst to themselves, striking down the marriage laws of every state in the union and decreeing same-sex marriage.”

“That's not law. That's not judging. That's policy-making. … [That's] the very definition of tyranny.”

Cruz endorsed term limits and retention elections for the justices.

Among the witnesses at the hearing were Duke law professor Neil Siegel and Chapman University law professor John Eastman, the chairman of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of marriage equality, reported the Dallas Morning News.