Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Thursday released a statement in support of Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for defying a court ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples.

Davis argues that issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples would be a violation of her religious beliefs.

(Related: KY clerk Kim Davis ordered jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.)

“Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny,” Cruz said in a press release. “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. 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,” the Texas senator said.

Cruz's presidential campaign heavily relies on reaching the evangelical vote, a critical demographic in early primary states such as Iowa.