Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee continues his bid to win over socially conservative voters in early caucus state Iowa.

The presidential hopeful earlier this week joined former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty in calling for the reinstatement of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the Clinton-era law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly. (New figures released Thursday show fewer DADT discharges in 2010.)

On Thursday, Huckabee returned to railing against Iowa's gay marriage law.

“I pray that God will raise up spiritual warriors who will say, American will not fall,” Huckabee said at the Rediscovering God in America conference in Des Moines, Iowa. “This battle is one that pits good against evil.”

“Real faith is tested. It's not easy. And I know there are always those who say but if we take such a stand for righteousness. If we do hold to the idea – as you did in Iowa, and God bless you for it – then marriage still means that a man marries a woman and remains faithful in a partnership for life.”

“If we truly cherish and believe that, and uphold that, I assure you, it will not always be popular and we may pay the price for it. And there may be some even here tonight who will say, will that make some people mad? And the answer is yes. Will it get me in trouble? Yes. Will it perhaps even cost me my job? Possibly. But if we gain the world and we lose our soul, will you please tell me what it has profited us?” (The video from is embedded in the right panel of this page.)