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February 8, 2012

Seventh-day Adventists celebrate 9th Circuit ruling on Prop. 8

http://www.jewishjournal.com/blog/item/seventh_day_adventists_celebrate_9th_circuit_ruling_on_prop_8_20120208/

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Julius Nam on speaking on Proposition 8. Photo from Youtube

Look at all those numbers in the headline. Better yet, look at my classmate and the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review, Julius Nam, featured in this Patch article about why Seventh-day Adventists opposed Proposition 8 and are celebrating the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’s decision yesterday to affirm a district court ruling that the the voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Turns out that Julius, also an associate professor of religious studies at Loma Linda University, was a spokesperson for Adventists Against Prop. 8. That’s him in the above YouTube video from 2008, when he said:

“As a Christian minister, as a theologian, I am very concerned about the type of ads and kind of campaign that is going on among the four Proposition 8 groups,” Nam said in 2008 in response to the information being put out by the proposition’s proponents. “It must stop. You must stop the lies you are propagating. You must stop the scare tactics and the fear mongering that is going on. It does not reflect well on the religious principals that we want to uphold as Christians, as Jews, as Muslims, as Buddhists, as followers of the divine.”

The Patch story doesn’t appear to report any Adventist reaction from yesterday’s ruling. But I do know that Julius thought the Ninth Circuit’s ruling to be “a just, moral and righteous decision.”

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