Christian conservative James Dobson has endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz's bid for the White House.

Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, said in his endorsement that he and his wife had been praying for a leader such as Cruz to emerge.

“Ted Cruz’s record on religious liberty, life, and marriage is second to none in this Republican field,” Dobson said. “I have met with the senator on multiple occasions: he is brilliant, articulate, and informed. Shirley and I have been praying for a leader such as this, and we are confident that Ted Cruz has the moral and spiritual foundations to lead our nation with excellence. Speaking as private individuals, we urge conservatives and people of faith to join us in supporting his race for the presidency.”

Dobson's endorsement comes after the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's largest group working to undermine the Supreme Court's June finding that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry, and Bob Vander Plaats, an influential conservative leader in Iowa, endorsed Cruz for president.

(Related: Ted Cruz wins gay marriage foe NOM's endorsement.)