Same-sex marriage supporters rally outside Santorum's Spokane event

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 5:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum stopped in Spokane Tuesday.

Santorum appeared at a luncheon for the Family Policy Institute of Washington. He spoke against Referendum 74, the measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington State.

Preserve Marriage Washington's Communications Director said "This will be a hard-faught campaign. This will be a contested election, all the way to the end."

The event began at noon at the DoubleTree Hotel. Tickets were $36 per person.

Clergy from some local churches gathered Tuesday to oppose Santorum’s speech. In addition, nearly 100 supports gathered outside the event. Ref. 74 supporters were outside singing 'We Shall Overcome.'

Reverend Happy Watkins served as the keynote speaker at the gathering in Spokane Convention Center Plaza on Spokane Falls Boulevard. That meeting started at 11:45 a.m. Approve R-74 Spokane is a group of individuals and organizations working for the passage of R-74 on November 6.

"Work to make a difference until making a difference don't make a difference no more. Help me somebody," said Rev. Happy Watkins

Press was not allowed inside the Santorum event.

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