Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee says California's gay marriage ban is a “miracle.”

Huckabee made his comments on Friday at a forum in Virginia Beach titled Rediscovering God in America, where he told a conservative Christian audience that Proposition 8 – the voter-approved measure that banned gay marriage in California – passed as a result of prayer.

“There's no way in the world … that there should have been Proposition 8, make it to the ballot, that was the first miracle, and then for it to pass and it happened because there were people like Lou and others on their faces before God who prayed,” Huckabee said, referring to Lou Engle.

Lou Engle is the founder of the TheCall, a twelve-hour prayer session held Saturday November 1 at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium in support of the gay marriage ban. Engle, a former pastor, organized the first Christian power-pray event in 2000, drawing 400,000 faithful to Washington D.C.

Proposition 8 won passage with a narrow victory on November 4. Last month, the California Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the measure.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich also spoke at the event gilded with his signature slogan. In 2006, Gingrich penned Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History and Future. And a 2007 documentary film featuring Gingrich premiered in New York City titled Rediscovering God in America.

Gingrich, who recently converted to Catholicism from Southern Baptism, said he re-entered the public sphere to “take on the secular fanatics who are trying to destroy our relationship with God.”