Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday touted the endorsements he's received from leading opponents of LGBT rights.

Cruz credited the endorsements of Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on his strong opposition to the Supreme Court's June finding that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

Appearing on Janet Mefferd's radio show, Cruz said that the high court's “disastrous” and “fundamentally illegitimate” ruling had led to “unprecedented” persecution of Christians.

Cruz pointed to several cases where business owners had been found guilty of breaking state or local nondiscriminination laws to make his case.

“Much of this persecution is the fruit of the Supreme Court's disastrous gay marriage ruling last year,” he claimed, though all of the examples he gave happened before the court handed down its ruling.

“I believe that decision was fundamentally illegitimate. It was lawless. It was unconstitutional and it will not stand,” Cruz said.

“And I would note, that is precisely why Dr. James Dobson has endorsed me in this campaign. It is why Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has endorsed me in this campaign. It is why the National Organization on Marriage [sic] has endorsed me on this campaign and has said it cannot support Donald Trump or Marco Rubio. Because if we're not willing to defend marriage, we are giving up the foundational building blocks of the family. We're giving up the Judeo-Christian values that built this great nation,” he added.