Andy Pugno, the lead attorney for ProtectMarriage, has urged Prop 8 supporters to pray for the safety of lawyers against “hordes of homosexual activists” as they make their way into a California Supreme Court hearing later today.

Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved amendment to the California Constitution which overturned the high court's ruling legalizing gay marriage in the state, returns to court on Tuesday.

At issue is whether ProtectMarriage, the coalition of mostly Christian groups which put Proposition 8 on the ballot, has the legal standing to pursue an appeal in federal court of last year's ruling which declared the amendment unconstitutional.

According to gay blog JoeMyGod, Pugno made his remarks in a press release.

“Please join us, and thousands of other supporters, in prayer this evening and tomorrow morning for safety as our Legal Team pushes through the hoards [sic] of homosexual activists into the courthouse in the heart of San Francisco, and for the wisdom and grace needed to prevail in court,” Pugno wrote.