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Better Courts Now

Since the 2008 elections put California's "Proposition 8" law into effect, banning same-sex marriages in the state, the judicial system there has been a battleground. Proponents of same-sex marriage have been using all available means to have the law overturned, up to and including a satirical proposal to have divorces banned in California. After all, the logic goes, if this is all about "protecting marriage" and not about Those Godless Homosexuals, then surely divorce is worse than two gay folks tying the knot?

However, one religious-political organization feels that the problem is that California, and the country itself, is simply in need of a stronger Biblical-based judicial system. If California's legal system was run under good Christian values (i.e. no gays, no abortions, and no atheists), then Proposition 8 never would have been needed. A strong Christian court system would never have allowed Those Godless Homosexuals to even get as far as needing a law to stop them from corrupting our innocent children!

That's the message of Better Courts Now, which was founded to take advantage of a loophole in California's judicial nomination system. They announce this on their front page with an "ABC" set of goals – "Accountability" (judges must serve the people, i.e. Good Decent Christians), Boundaries (those gosh-darned Activist Judges have got to be stopped from writing the law!), and Common Sense. This last one is especially amusing, as it is largely contradicted by the statements made by Better Courts Now's candidates for the judiciary:

Better Courts Now was founded by Don Hamer, the late pastor of Zion Christian Fellowship in San Diego. (The Daily Kos notes, "You may remember him as the voice of seven videos back in 2008 that claimed Obama wasn't really a Christian, including one in which he accused Obama of being a Muslim.") Hamer himself died in March of 2010, but his colleague Brian Hendry continued the campaign to bring God and the Bible to the (supposedly) secular judicial bench.