Foes of gay marriage rally near US Capitol in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of same-sex marriage have held a rally outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, with some speakers suggesting civil disobedience to protest laws related to the continuing spread of gay marriage.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says federal and state judges had exceeded their powers in recent rulings striking down state bans on gay marriage. He says "there's a time to stand up against laws that have become unjust."

Other speakers at Thursday's event included former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, the Rev. Bill Owens of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, and the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone.

The crowd appeared to number between 1,000 and 2,000; there was no official estimate.

The rally was sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage.

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