More than 1,000 protesters rallied outside the federal building in Detroit on Friday to oppose the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, saying their religious freedom is under attack.

The rally, organized by Catholic leaders, was one of 13 in cities across Michigan and more than 140 others across the U.S.

“Christians … are a majority in this country,” Teresa Tomeo, a Catholic author from St. Clair Shores, told the crowd. “We don’t want this mandate.”

The protesters, many holding signs that read “Stop Obama’s HHS Mandate,” listened to a range of speakers, from professors to a Catholic bishop to Protestant pastors.

“We will not comply,” Professor Mary Healy of Sacred Heart Major Seminary said as the crowd cheered.

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