RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Christian conservatives who helped pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in North Carolina are gathering again in Raleigh to try to keep the prohibition defended in court.

The group called Return America planned a rally Tuesday behind the Legislative Building.

Religious leaders involved in the "Take Your Stand" rally say the event was designed to tell judges and Attorney General Roy Cooper it's their job to preserve the 2012 amendment. Cooper has said his office will no longer defend the amendment because a similar Virginia ban has been struck down by an appeals court.

More than 60 percent of the voters approved the amendment.

Republican U.S. Senate primary candidate the Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte was among the scheduled speakers. Return America has held similar rallies promoting traditional marriage.