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Solomon Builds the Temple

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites had come out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the LORD.

Solomon's Temple

The temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high. The portico at the front of the main hall of the temple extended the width of the temple, that is twenty cubits, and projected ten cubits from the front of the temple. He made narrow clerestory windows in the temple. Against the walls of the main hall and inner sanctuary he built a structure around the building, in which there were side rooms. The lowest floor was five cubits wide, the middle floor six cubits and the third floor seven. He made offset ledges around the outside of the temple so that nothing would be inserted into the temple walls.

In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built.

The entrance to the lowest floor was on the south side of the temple; a stairway led up to the middle level and from there to the third. So he built the temple and completed it, roofing it with beams and cedar planks. And he built the side rooms all along the temple. The height of each was five cubits, and they were attached to the temple by beams of cedar.

The word of the LORD came to Solomon: “As for this temple you are building, if you follow my decrees, carry out my regulations and keep all my commands and obey them, I will fulfill through you the promise I gave to David your father. And I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.”

So Solomon built the temple and completed it. He lined its interior walls with cedar boards, paneling them from the floor of the temple to the ceiling, and covered the floor of the temple with planks of pine. He partitioned off twenty cubits at the rear of the temple with cedar boards from floor to ceiling to form within the temple an inner sanctuary, the Most Holy Place. The main hall in front of this room was forty cubits long. The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.

He prepared the inner sanctuary within the temple to set the ark of the covenant of the LORD there. The inner sanctuary was twenty cubits long, twenty wide and twenty high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold, and he also overlaid the altar of cedar. Solomon covered the inside of the temple with pure gold, and he extended gold chains across the front of the inner sanctuary, which was overlaid with gold. So he overlaid the whole interior with gold. He also overlaid with gold the altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary.

In the inner sanctuary he made a pair of cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high. One wing of the first cherub was five cubits long, and the other wing five cubits—ten cubits from wing tip to wing tip. The second cherub also measured ten cubits, for the two cherubim were identical in size and shape. The height of each cherub was ten cubits. He placed the cherubim inside the innermost room of the temple, with their wings spread out. The wing of one cherub touched one wall, while the wing of the other touched the other wall, and their wings touched each other in the middle of the room. He overlaid the cherubim with gold.

On the walls all around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers. He also covered the floors of both the inner and outer rooms of the temple with gold.

For the entrance of the inner sanctuary he made doors of olive wood with five-sided jambs. And on the two olive wood doors he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid the cherubim and palm trees with beaten gold. 33 In the same way he made four-sided jambs of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall. He also made two pine doors, each having two leaves that turned in sockets. He carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers on them and overlaid them with gold hammered evenly over the carvings.

And he built the inner courtyard of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams.

The foundation of the temple of the LORD was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv. In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.

1 Kings 6:1-38 (New International Version)

Raad Salah: Netanyahu Will Try to Rebuild the Jewish Temple

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

(IsraelNN.com) Sheikh Raad Salah, leader of the Northern Wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, believes Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will try to rebuild the Jewish Temple.

Speaking at a conference organized by website Islam Online in Doha, Qatar, Salah stated his belief that Netanyahu may try to build the Jewish Temple – which the Islamic preacher called “the false temple” – during his current term after allegedly failing to do so in his first term as Prime Minister in the late 1990s.

“I ask that those with the power to make the political decision hear me,” Salah exhorted his audience. “Netanyahu is about to build the false Temple, and when the Jews build the Temple they will do so upon the ruins of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque].”

Immediate danger
The danger to Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa mosque is “tangible and immediate,” Salah said, echoing similar dramatic statements he has made over the years. “I warn, I ask for aid and I call out,” he said. “We should expect deadly surprises that could hurt Jerusalem in general and Al Aqsa in particular,” he said. “We live in years that will determine if Jerusalem survives and in Al Aqsa will remain standing,” he added.

Salah said that in an effort to prepare world opinion for the realization of its goals in Jerusalem, Israel sends tourists to the Al Aqsa mosque and tells them that it was built upon the ruins of the Jewish Temple.

The solution to “the threat against Jerusalem,” according to Salah, is a complete mobilization of the Arab world, including the religious imams, who need to act and “recruit the masses.” He asked Muslim scholars to pronounce edicts that will force “the Muslim nation and its leaders to confront their duty towards the problem of Jerusalem and Al Aqsa.”

“A thousand politicians can talk without changing a thing,” Salah said. ‘One religious sage can do what the politicians cannot carry out.”

The Jewish Temple was first built by King Solomon (Shlomo) about 3,000 years ago. It served as the spiritual center of the Hebrew nation and as a place of national pilgrimage and sacrifice. Serviced by the priestly class (Kohanim) and Levites, the Temple contained the Seven-Branched Menorah and housed the golden Holy Ark within a room known as the Holy of Holies.

Coming soon: the Third Temple
The First Temple was razed by Babylonian conquerors, rebuilt by Jews by permission of a Persian emperor, defiled by Greeks and then re-consecrated by the Hasmoneans, and burnt down again by Romans.

Jewish religion commands the Jews to rebuild the Temple as part of a Divine plan for the salvation of the Jewish people and the entire world, but Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is not considered observant, never has associated himself with efforts by Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.

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Congressional Democrats to Grant Indicted ACORN More Federal Funding

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Under the guise of due process concerns, congressional Democrats have opened the way for organizations with criminal histories to gain greater access to taxpayer funds. Exhibit A here is the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN), now under investigation in at least 14 states for voter registration fraud.

Earlier this month, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-MA, sponsored an amendment to the $140 million Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act. The Frank measure allowed organizations being investigated by state or federal authorities on corruption charges to receive federal funds as long as they avoid conviction. Frank argued that his amendment, which was approved by the House, protected the presumption of innocence in federal spending.

But federal ethics rules have long stipulated that either an actual or apparent conflict of interest can put a government employee at risk of prosecution for ethics violations. So, if the Frank amendment becomes law, the federal government will have a double standard, ignoring the presumption of innocence for its employees with apparent conflicts of interest, but extending the presumption to its funding recipients.

ACORN claims to be non-partisan, but it and its many affiliates have ardently supported Democratic incumbents and candidates at all levels of government. For example, the Obama campaign in 2008 paid more than $880,000 to Citizen Services Incorporated, an ACORN affiliate that helps organize get-out-the-vote efforts that always seem to focus on heavily Democratic precincts. Seen in this light, the Frank amendment has the look of a pay-back from grateful Democrats, especially since, as The Examiner has previously reported, ACORN is eligible for billions of dollars under the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has crafted legislation to block ACORN from receiving such funding, but Frank and his Democratic colleagues are determined to block her effort. Only four Democrats voted against Frank’s amendment, which overturned an earlier amendment from Bachmann that would have precluded ACORN from receiving funds. This means 245 House members are on record supporting – or are unconcerned – about federal funding going to groups suspected of criminal behavior. “It is not only legitimate for Congress to decide the threshold for accessing taxpayer funds; it is incumbent upon us to do so,” Bachmann said. “And, for far too long, Congress has cavalierly distributed taxpayer money.” This is a shameful abdication of our fiduciary duties.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Indeed, since January 20, 2009, the headlong rush to socialism–and some would contend worse–that Obama has engineered, aided and abetted by a sycophantic and obedient media and by a Congress that has completely forgotten the meaning of democracy, is truly frightening. Any one of the dozens of unconstitutional power-grabs and democratic abuses Obama’s fingerprints have been smeared across since the inauguration would have produced 130 decibel howls from liberals, the ACLU and the MSA had they been even suggested by a Republican. And yet, when committed by the weird combination Messiah/rocker/squatter at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, not a single raised left eyebrow is to be seen. Yikes.

Worse, the linkages and connections between and among Obama and people you’d not want your daughter dating and organizations you’d not want your son palling around with are becoming more and more troubling, a matter noted here both before and after last year’s general election.

If you doubt that, just consider as but one example, the unfolding, metastasizing tale of ACORN, that “community organizing” hydra which was the recipient of Obama’s tutelage–based, of course, on the teachings of Marx, Engels and Alinsky–before he entered public life. The “Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now,” or ACORN, now stands indicted or under criminal investigation in no fewer than fourteen states on charges of voter registration fraud. Not one . . . not two . . . not three . . . fourteen. Including (get this), Nevada at the hands of a Democrat Attorney General.

Whoa. If you’re under indictment by a Democrat in the same state that not only pins its economy on a business founded by Bugsy Siegel but also gave us Harry Reid, you know, as they say, you’ve got a problem.

Problematically, ACORN also stands poised to be a recipient of perhaps as much as $8 billion in federal taxpayer “stimulus” money under the socialistic, misleading and woefully misnamed (as are virtually all Democrat-sponsored bills) “American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.” That act, of course, was Obama’s out-of-the-gate pet project engineered not to stimulate the economy but rather designed instead to spread the tentacles of the government deeper and deeper into the fabric of the nation and its private enterprise businesses. What better way to “spread the wealth” than by redistributing it to favored persons and entities? And among the prime favored recipients of federal taxpayer dollars in this plan are “community organizing organizations” like ACORN. But there’s a fly in the ointment.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal by John Fund, because of the widening spectrum of indictments, criminal investigations and lingering aromas of fraud surrounding ACORN, Rep. John Conyers (D. Mich.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, initially requested Representative Gerald “No Neck” Nadler (D. N.Y.), the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, to hold a hearing on the organization and try to get to the bottom of these troublesome questions. Conyers characterized the charges against ACORN as “serious” and, apparently, Mr. Nadler initially agreed to consider the request. However, reports Fund, Nadler’s office now says there will be no hearing on ACORN “because Mr. Conyers has changed his mind.” Right.

Fund also reports: “Mr. Conyers’s office released a statement on Monday [May 18, 2009] saying that ‘after reviewing the complaints against ACORN, I [Conyers] have concluded that a hearing on this matter appears unwarranted at this time.'” A Democratic staffer told Fund he believes the House leadership put pressure on Mr. Conyers to back down. (Hmmm . . . who might be the leader of the House leadership these days?) Fund notes that Conyers’s office says it was “unaware of any contacts with House leaders.” That depends, of course, on what the definition of “unaware” is. Or, considering the House, the definition of “leader” for that matter. Read Fund’s article . . . it is good.

Meanwhile, the Republicans in the House proposed an amendment to another bill, the “Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act,” which would have precluded organizations under indictment from receiving taxpayer monies until a resolution of the charges. But, seeing that an entity that helped Obama’s occupation of the White House might lose out on taxpayer loot, the Democrats in the House, led by Congressperson Barney “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are Financially Sound” Frank, and being a useful idiot totally unfamiliar with the phrase “where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire,” overrode the Republican amendment . . . which had previously passed with Frank’s support. The bill passed out of the House on a party-line vote–Republicans voting for transparency and truth, Democrats voting to perpetuate a cover-up and potential fraud–and will likely breeze through the Senate too, landing on the Squatter-in-Chief’s desk sometime next month.

So, ACORN’s eligibility (more on that concept later) to get its mitts on taxpayer dollars under the stimulus bill will remain intact, despite the indictments and criminal investigations that already exist and will likely continue to bloom like wildflowers after a rainstorm. Thanks to the Democrats. Now that, my friends, is community organizing.

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“Jerusalem, Rejoice” by Stan Goodenough

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the LORD. “Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!” (Zechariah 2:10-13)

Congratulations, Nation of Israel, on the 42nd anniversary of the restoration of Jerusalem to Jewish rule. As I write this, the sounds of your celebrations drift up to me from inside the Old City. Fireworks will soon light up those ancient walls, and music will echo across the capital late into the night.

For thousands of years your forefathers longed, prayed and wept, faithfully nurturing their love for this city and daily expressing their belief in their ultimate and permanent return to Jerusalem.

For centuries, Zion lay desolate, like the land around her unwanted and uncared for, waiting for the return of the only people who ever treasured her and under whose hand she had once blossomed and thrived. She waited, too, as she still waits, for the day when the glory of the God of Israel will once more be manifested in her midst, and the nations of the world will come up to worship the King.

Sixty-one years ago, as your people lay besieged inside the Jewish Quarter, starving, cut off from the rest of the nation, fearful for their lives, hundreds of your sons and daughters risked and gave their lives to break through the enemy lines and save you. Eventually, painfully, you lost that battle.

Forty-two years ago, after 19 years of being so near and yet so far from the heart of the city, more of your sons risked – and many gave – their lives. And this time they secured your freedom.

And since 1967 Jerusalem – for so long love deprived -has been blooming and thriving once more. Under your proudly-waving blue and white flag, millions of people from around the world have been welcomed, and peoples of all faiths enjoy the freedom to make pilgrimage and to worship here.

The city appears in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) 669 times and Zion (which usually means Jerusalem, sometimes the Land of Israel) 154 times, or 823 times in all. The New Testament mentions Jerusalem 154 times and Zion seven times.

(It is mentioned not once in the Islamic Quran.)

Nonetheless, the non-Jewish world is united in the arrogant presumption that it has the right to dictate Jerusalem’s future. United Nations, European Union and dozens of diplomats’ cars drive all over the place (often paying little heed to Israel’s traffic laws) challenging the Jews’ right to the city. Relentlessly they plot its redivision and the handing over of half of it to the Muslim Arabs, who insist they have the right to it as the capital of their “Palestine” and whose leaders vow to sacrifice untold numbers of “martyrs” to “redeem” Jerusalem “in blood and fire.”

They will never succeed.

Jerusalem is the capital city of the State of Israel and the historic and biblical capital of the Jewish people. It has never, ever in the history of mankind, been the capital of any other nation or state.

Speaking today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared: “United Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Jerusalem was always ours and will always be ours. It will never again be partitioned and divided.”

Amen.

Yes rejoice, Israel. Celebrate, Jerusalem! All those who love Zion rejoice with you.

May God bless Israel, May God bless Jerusalem, and may His glory soon be seen again in this place.

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‘Activist’ Appellate Judge Obama’s Pick for Supreme Court

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

No surprise here.

A judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals who once boasted during a conference that it is at that level in the court system where “policy is made” has been named by President Obama to replace the retiring Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a forum at the Duke University School of Law in 2005, Sonia Sotomayor said, “Court of appeals is where policy is made. And I know – and I know this is on tape and I should never say that because we don’t make law, I know. OK, I know. I’m not promoting it, and I’m not advocating it, I’m – you know. OK. Having said that, the court of appeals is where, before the Supreme Court makes the final decision, the law is percolating – its interpretation, its application.”

Sotomayor would replace the left-leaning Souter, and speculation was thick today whether she would – or even could – move the court further to the left.

In his announcement, Obama praised Sotomayor as “the kind of justice we need” on the Supreme Court.

He called her “an inspiring woman who I believe will make a great justice.”

She is the first candidate of Puerto Rican heritage named to the nation’s highest court. Born in the Bronx, the 54-year-old’s father was a tool-and-die worker who died when she was a child. Her mother, a nurse, raised Sotomayor and her brother.

Sotomayor was married in 1976 but was divorced after seven years.

According to Wendy E. Long, counsel to the Judicial Confirmation Network, Sotomayor is “a liberal judicial activist of the first order.”

Long described Sotomayor as thinking “her own personal political agenda is more important tha[n] the law as written,” and a Fox News commentator said she is neither a consensus-builder nor well-liked by her appellate panel co-workers.

Christian Broadcasting Network commentator David Brody warned the nomination could rebound on Obama.

“He may get her through because he has the numbers in the Senate but his poll numbers showing him as a centrist may take a hit. Keep an eye on Gallup,” he said.

However, because of Souter’s similar leanings, the nomination is unlikely to change the ideological bent of the court immediately.

Democrats have 59 votes in the Senate and would need 60 to clear a Republican filibuster. Also, according to Senate rules, at least one Republican would need to vote for her at the committee level.

Long said Sotomayor’s activism is “exactly what the president has talked about. He likes that. He thinks that liberal judges are so smart and so enlightened and have such great instincts about what policy should be that they should be making the decisions about policy for the rest of us.”

Long contends self-government is “destroyed” when unelected judges begin taking over the function of elected representatives.

Sotomayor was part of a panel on the 2nd Circuit that declined to rule on the merits of a major reverse-discrimination case regarding firefighters in New Haven, Conn. The case is currently in front of the Supreme Court.

“Judge Sotomayor basically buried their claims and tried to throw them out without even really analyzing these very important questions about quotas and reverse discrimination and fairness under the law,” according to Long.

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North Korea Warns of Strike Against South Korea and the U.S.

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Things are heating up on the Korean peninsula…again. The world is waiting to see what the Mad Man of Pyongyang will do next. As usual, the only response the U.N. made is to threaten sanctions, since they have worked so well in the past, NOT!!

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched a tirade Wednesday against world powers threatening to punish it for conducting its second nuclear test, saying it is not afraid of sanctions and calling South Korea’s decision to join an operation to prevent the spread of weapons a declaration of war.

The North also has reportedly restarted its weapons-grade nuclear plant. It staged a rally in its capital, Pyongyang, on Tuesday to celebrate the test.

The isolated communist regime said through its official news agency that it would respond with military action if South Korea tries to stop or search any of its ships as part of the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative.

“Those who provoke (North Korea) once will not be able to escape its unimaginable and merciless punishment,” the North’s official news agency said.

South Korea decided to join the anti-proliferation initiative on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s mass-circulation Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported Wednesday that U.S. spy satellites detected signs of steam at the North’s Yongbyon nuclear complex, an indication that it may have started reprocessing nuclear fuel.

The report, which could not be confirmed, quoted an unidentified government official. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency also had a similar report.

The move would be a major setback for efforts aimed at getting North Korea to disarm.

North Korea had stopped reprocessing fuel rods as part of an international deal. In 2007, it agreed to disable the Yongbyon reactor in exchange for aid and demolished a cooling tower at the complex.

The North has about 8,000 spent fuel rods which, if reprocessed, could allow it to harvest 13 to 18 pounds (six to eight kilograms) of plutonium — enough to make at least one nuclear bomb, experts said. North Korea is believed to have enough plutonium for at least a half dozen atomic bombs.

Further ratcheting up tensions, North Korea has test-fired five short-range missiles over the past two days, South Korean officials confirmed.

North Korea suggested that more missile tests could be planned, telling ships to stay away from waters off its west coast through Wednesday, according to South Korea’s coast guard.

The North’s moves have brought a wave of international reproach.

In New York, the U.N. Security Council is discussing a resolution that could include new sanctions.

Ambassadors from the five permanent veto-wielding council members — the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France — as well as Japan and South Korea are expected to meet again soon to work out the details.

Council members, after condemning the test on Monday, said they would follow up with a new legally binding resolution.

China and Russia, both allies of North Korea, slammed it for going ahead with the blast.

Moscow’s U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, who is also the Security Council president, said the 15-member body would begin work quickly on a new resolution, according to ITAR-Tass.

He declined to say if additional sanctions were discussed.

China also said it “resolutely opposed” the nuclear test. But it was unclear how far it would go in sanctioning its neighbor.

Experts said past sanctions have had poor results because they weren’t fully implemented and because North Korea is already one of the most isolated countries in the world.

Kim Sung-han, an international relations professor at Seoul’s Korea University, said U.N. resolution 1718, adopted after the North’s first nuclear test in 2006, has strong elements but has not been strictly observed.

He said the success of any sanctions would depend on how aggressively China implements them.

“It’s not going too far to say that China holds all keys in sanctions,” he said.

Details of Monday’s nuclear test may take days to confirm.

Russian defense officials said the blast was roughly as strong as the bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II and was stronger than North Korea’s first test in 2006. Other experts said that was probably an overestimate, and put the blast closer in strength to the first test.

North Korea seemed unconcerned by the condemnation.

A large crowd of Pyongyang residents, including senior military and party officials, gathered Tuesday in a stadium to celebrate the nuclear test.

Choe Thae Bok, a high-ranking party official, was quoted by North Korea’s official news agency as saying that the nuclear test “was a grand undertaking” to protect the country against “the U.S. imperialists’ unabated threat to mount a pre-emptive nuclear attack and (put) sanctions and pressure upon it.”

A North Korean newspaper, Minju Joson, said in a commentary Wednesday that Pyongyang does not fear repercussions.

“It is a laughable delusion for the United States to think that it can get us to kneel with sanctions,” it said. “We’ve been living under U.S. sanctions for decades, but have firmly safeguarded our ideology and system while moving our achievements forward. The U.S. sanctions policy toward North Korea is like striking a rock with a rotten egg.”

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California High Court Rules Against Gay Marriage, Except Those Already Done

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

A victory for the traditional family against the homosexual activist, kind of, anyway. Apparently “marriages” made before the passage of Proposition 8 will remain in effect.
Don’t get me wrong; this was certainly a victory, but I have to agree with this commentator:
“The proposition itself, which is now a part of the California constitution and has been since November 5, simply reads ‘only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California,'” [Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in La Mesa] notes. “So how you take those simple 14 words and reconstruct them to justify the validation of 18,000 same-sex marriages — that is beyond me.”

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld same sex marriages that were already performed but upheld voters’ rights to ban gay marriage through the state constitution.

An estimated 18,000 gay couples tied the knot before the law took effect. The ruling suggests that gay couples can be afforded equivalent rights to heterosexual married couples but perhaps under a different name.

Gay rights demonstrators flooded the courthouse before the decision and immediately started protesting the ruling. Holding signs and many waving rainbow flags, they chanted “shame on you.” Many people also held hands in a chain around an intersection in an act of protest.

“It’s not about whether we get to stay married. Our fight is far from over,” said Jeannie Rizzo, 62, who was one of the lead plaintiffs along with her wife, Polly Cooper. “I have about 20 years left on this earth, and I’m going to continue to fight for equality every day.”

Rizzo and Cooper had argued that the Legislature should have approved the change to the California constitution because of the vote’s impact on the equal protection clause.

But Chief Justice Ron George, writing the 6-1 decision, said the people have a right, through the ballot box, to change their constitution.

“In a sense, petitioners’ and the attorney general’s complaint is that it is just too easy to amend the California constitution through the initiative process. But it is not a proper function of this court to curtail that process; we are constitutionally bound to uphold it,” the ruling said.

The court is the same one that last May ruled it unconstitutional to deny gay couples the right to marry. That led to the constitutional amendment offered on the ballot last November.

“After comparing this initiative measure to the many other constitutional changes that have been reviewed and evaluated in numerous prior decisions of this court, we conclude Proposition 8 constitutes a constitutional amendment rather than a constitutional revision,” the ruling said.

Gay rights activists say they plan to return to voters as early as next year with a bid to repeal Proposition 8.

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So, as I suspected from the moment this proposition passed, the fight is not over.

Randy Thomasson of SaveCalifornia.com is only somewhat pleased with the court’s decision. He explains that Prop. 8 actually deals with same-gender marriages in a straightforward, retroactive manner — but the judges ignored that, he states.

“The only marriage in California that is valid or recognized [as valid] is a marriage between a man and a woman, quote, ‘regardless of when or where performed,'” he points out. “And that obviously wipes out the false marriages. But the judges, based in San Francisco, didn’t want to go there.”

In effect, says Thomasson, the court’s decision is an insult to people who went to the polls to vote for traditional marriage — and shows that the court has “gone with its own feelings and its own social agenda.”

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