Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz told Megyn Kelly tonight that the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples should be released from jail.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses.

Cruz said that this is outrageous, fundamentally wrong and he unequivocally stands with Davis.

"We are a nation that was formed by people fleeing religious oppression and coming to seek a land where we could worship free of the government getting in the way," Cruz said. "It is stunning what is happening here."

Cruz explained that the result of this standard is that Christians cannot hold public office, unless they are willing to violate their faith or go to jail.

"That is not America. That is not how this country works."

Watch the "Kelly File" clip above.

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