Judge Gives Perry's Prayer Rally Green Light

HOUSTON (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that sought to stop Gov. Rick Perry from sponsoring a national day of prayer and fasting.

U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller on Thursday ruled the group of atheists and agnostics that filed the suit, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, did not have standing to sue.

The plaintiffs argued Perry's day of prayer and fasting would violate the constitution. The event, called The Response, is scheduled for August 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Perry defended the event, comparing it to President Barack Obama's participation in the National Day of Prayer.