The entire story is at http://www.abpnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4235&Itemid=53 A former Southern Baptist Convention official won a small legal victory July 13 when a federal judge said he would listen to the merits of a lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of Barack Obama's presidency. Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed on Inauguration Day claiming that Obama is not constitutionally eligible to be president because he is not a "natural-born citizen" of the United States. Drake, a former second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, claims damages as the vice presidential candidate of the American Independent Party in the 2008 election. He appeared on the California state ballot as the running mate of the party's presidential nominee, Alan Keyes. The suit is one of a couple of dozen filed since last fall's election challenging the constitutional legitimacy of the Obama presidency. Most have been dismissed on technicalities, but a Los Angeles Times blog reports that U.S. District Judge David Carter allowed plaintiffs to fix their paperwork instead of throwing it out of court. The lawsuit, one of several taken by California lawyer Orly Taitz, claims Obama was elected without his citizenship being proven or verified. It cites claims he was not born on U.S. soil and questions the authenticity of a Hawaiian "Certification of Live Birth" the Obama campaign posted online in an effort to quiet speculation about Obama's birthplace. Taitz told WorldNetDaily.com that the judge issued no orders at the July 13 hearing but promised the case would move forward and there would be no dismissals based on "procedural issues." "For the first time, we have a judge who's listening," she said. Other observers said the judge's words were a long way from the case getting a full hearing in court and it may never get to that point. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office told the L.A. Times blog that lawyers on both sides tried prematurely to argue the merits of the case and Judge Carter told them it could easily be tied up for months on procedural technicalities and that a better approach would be to re-file the case so it could proceed without further delays.