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Fait accompli or fundraiser?

While most saw the California Supreme Court accepting the same-sex marriage cases Wednesday as a fait accompli — lawyers on both sides always said they expected the matter to be decided by the state’s highest court — some conservatives saw it as a potential fundraising boost.

“At least three justices already support the notion of ‘same-sex marriages,’ so the writing seems be on the wall that the state high court wants California to become another Massachusetts,” said former Assemblyman Larry Bowler, R-Elk Grove, among proponents of a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. “While regular folks are preparing to celebrate Christmas, the California Supreme Court and the California Legislature are scheming to destroy marriage and the people’s vote on marriage. The only remaining option is for the people to rise up, donate $2 million to place the VoteYesMarriage.com amendment on the California ballot, and pass it to permanently and fully protect marriage from the threat of judges and politicians.”

Any “regular folks” care to comment?

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.