Anti-Obama Prayer Rally Friday

03/22/2012 11:31 am ET

The national political controversy over whether contraceptive coverage should be an insurance mandate is now a hot debate locally, with a high-profile prayer rally planned Friday in St. Petersburg. 

From noon - 3 p.m., the prayer rally will be staged at 4th Street North and 22nd Avenue North. In addition, the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg wrote a protest letter in February to voice oppotion to the mandate.

The organized opposition, largely by religious groups, is to President Barack Obama's Health and Human Services Affordable Care Act.