Someone opposing California’s Proposition 8, White said, had just issued a pair of email death threats. One was directed at Autry, the other at Franklin, both of whom had spoken on Sunday at city hall in support of Proposition 8, which would restore traditional marriage as the only kind recognized in the state.
“Is the threat serious?” Franklin asked White on the phone.
Yes, she said—and specific. The email explained exactly how the sender intended to dispatch the two men.
The threat was also serious enough that the next call Franklin received was from Jerry Dyer, Fresno’s chief of police. “By the end of the day, I had [police] officers with me,” Franklin told WORLD. “They were also at our services that night.”
The pastor said his home, as well as Cornerstone’s church offices and sanctuary, located in an historic theater in downtown Fresno, were also vandalized this week; all three locations are now under police surveillance.
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