Cruz: Religious liberty a top priority

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 23, 2015 at 6:11 p.m.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says defending religious liberty is a top issue in his Republican presidential campaign.

Cruz began the weekend by hosting a Rally for Religious Liberty in Des Moines, Iowa. Its featured guests were Christian business owners who have been sued or prosecuted for refusing to provide services for same-sex weddings.

Cruz told CBS "Face the Nation" that the owners of an Iowa wedding venue are no longer in business after being fined for turning away a same-sex couple.

The Texas senator said, "The liberal intolerance we see trying to persecute those who as a matter of faith follow a biblical definition of marriage is fundamentally wrong."

Cruz said he has fought for religious liberty for years, winning cases involving the Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance and a cross on public land.

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