Hundreds of people cheered the husband of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis during a rally of Christian conservatives Thursday outside the Tennessee Capitol.
The celebration of Constitution Day was sponsored by the Tennessee Pastors Network and also drew Rafael Cruz, a pastor and the father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican and presidential candidate.
Speaking of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision effectively legalizing same-sex marriage, Cruz said, “The devil overplayed his hand.”
He said the country needs to elect a constitutional conservative as president, and suggested that Christian conservatives will be roused to action by the ruling.
“We’ve been silent too long,” he said.
“Religious persecution ends in January 2017,” he said.
Cruz acknowledged Joe Davis, husband of the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who was jailed for five days after defying a federal judge’s order to process same-sex marriage licenses.
“What we saw in Kentucky with Kim Davis is tyranny,” Cruz said, to cheers and applause.