California Supreme Court Hearing on Proposition 8

Opponents of Proposition 8 will appear before the state Supreme Court today to request that Proposition 8 be overturned. Watch it live at or at one of the viewing parties in San Francisco, LA and West Hollywood.

It’s my hope that the court will agree with the arguments made for why Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, though I don’t expect the challenges to stop until it has gone all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

One step at a time. I’ll be watching.

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Arnold, Obama and Dianne Feinstein: No on Prop 8

The ‘righteous ones’ praying at Qualcomm stadium sent a mailer out targeting black, urban and poor communities saying that Obama supports Proposition 8.

The only problem? It was a flat-out lie.

Barack Obama, Arnold, and Dianne Feinstein all oppose Proposition 8. And if you oppose discrimination, please volunteer to help, or donate.

Prop 8 and Candidates: Divided Evangelicals

This video moved me. Not because it mentions a candidate or because it endorses a position on anything, but because it speaks to the version of Christianity that I understand and believe.

In contrast…

On Sunday, Dr. James Dobson will be making an appearance at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium to stir up the masses for Proposition 8. In Dobson’s view, he is rushing to California to “save marriage”. Every Yes on 8 person I’ve asked cannot give an adequate answer to the question of what they are saving. What is threatened? What is at stake? Yet, there’s this:

Dobson had to call his son to tell him he couldn’t babysit for his grandson this weekend as planned and his son Ryan then confirmed that God wanted him in California instead. Dobson could barely keep it together when he explained that “the Lord must be involved in this” and then hands over the program to Garlow, who also gets choked up and speaks of their level of spiritual desperation and their constant “crying out to God” to save California because they are “watching the destruction of Western civilization.

Jim Wallis at Sojourners has a different view of the role of Christians in politics, and what they should be focused on:

Finally, there are biblical roles for both the church and the state, and both are necessary according to scripture, in good Christian theology, and even in the Anabaptist tradition which we are both attracted to (including my living room talks with Yoder). The body of Christ must demonstrate what the kingdom of God looks like and offer a prophetic witness to the state. But churches, by themselves, cannot provide for “the common good” as government is supposed to, in conjunction with many other institutions in society—including the churches.

To be clear: What is at stake here for evangelicals is really the alienation of a generation or more of people they wish to reach.

Proposition 8 is an effort to create two classes of people in California and confer certain rights on only one of the two classes. They use a ‘separate but equal’ argument to justify it, but that argument has already been rejected by the courts.

The choice for Proposition 8 is to discriminate or not to discriminate. It has nothing to do with gay marriage. It’s about creating disparate classes in a society which was founded with equality as one of its core values.

The LDS and Baptists have done themselves no favors with this campaign. They are in very real danger of losing one and possibly two generations of people they should be trying to reach. In the meantime, Jim Wallis’ words are welcome:

I do think you could call upon your listeners to vote, no matter who they vote for, and then ask them to get busy in showing the nation how Christians are supposed to live and hold whoever wins accountable to the agenda of a movement.

Please, vote no on Prop 8. And help them get the word out with a donation or by volunteering.

No on 8 DoS Attacks: Update


From what the NO on Prop 8 campaign knows, the DoS attack started
yesterday from a small number of individuals. It is believed the
attacks, which occurred throughout the night, came from California,
Texas, New Jersey and Georgia
. The attacks to the site increased from
a small number of hosts to dozens. As IP addresses of attackers were
blacklisted, new IP addresses emerged and attacked.

Probably most significant:

“I’m sure we’ll hear a lot of denials today from the Prop 8 campaign,
but this is clearly an orchestrated attempt to tear down what has
become one of the largest grassroots movements in California electoral
,” said Patrick Guerriero, NO on Prop 8 Campaign Director. “We
have reported this to the FBI and other federal authorities and we
have secured our site in ways we never thought would be necessary. But
make no mistake – this was an attack against individual rights, not
just a Web site.”

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Denial of Service Attacks Target No on Prop 8 Website

And not just the No on Prop 8 site. From the campaign:

SACRAMENTO – 10/30/08 – Today the NO on Prop 8 campaign’s Web site ( was the victim of what appears to be a coordinated attack designed to bring the system down. According to, the denial-of-service attack (DoS) on the NO on Prop 8 website occurred before 11:30pm, Wednesday, October 29th and coincides with a similar attack on Florida’s NO on 2 campaign, the Constitutional Amendment Against Marriage Equality.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in a denial-of-service (DoS) attack, an attacker attempts to prevent legitimate users from accessing information or services. By targeting a computer and its network connection, or the computers and network of the sites, an attacker may be able to prevent someone from accessing email, web sites, online accounts (banking, etc.), or other services that rely on the affected computer. The most common and obvious type of DoS attack occurs when an attacker “floods” a network with information.

The NO on Prop 8 campaign will provide additional details as they become available.

The attack is not just limited to the No on Prop 8 website. Florida’s site has also been under attack since yesterday. It’s not known if the attackers are the same ones, but it certainly seems to be coordinated, given the timing and focus of the attacks.

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