Walker, the San Francisco judge who issued the first ruling on the federal constitutionality of Proposition 8, said Wednesday that he believes the trial he presided over affected the outcome of the same-sex marriage cases decided by the Supreme Court. Now retired from the bench and working as a private mediator, Walker, 69, was expected to play a minor role in the battle over gay marriage. But his decision overturning Proposition 8 was all that remained Wednesday after the Supreme Court ruled that opponents of gay marriage had no legal right to appeal it. State officials refused to do so.
Is the "Gay" Fix In On Prop 8?
Is The Prop 8 Trial a Way for Judge Vaughn Walker to Seek Redemption? / Queerty
Judge Walker ruled that the California gay-marriage ban violates the Constitution's equal protection clause. August 4, Federal Judge Vaughn Walker Wednesday struck down as unconstitutional a state-wide ban on same-sex marriage, setting the stage for a series of appeals in a landmark case likely headed to the US Supreme Court. Now that Prop. In addition, the high-profile case will force the nation and its federal judges to confront the issue of gay civil rights and same-sex marriage.
The Prop 8 Judge Is Gay, and It Doesn't Matter
Former judge Vaughn R. Walker discussed his role deciding often controversial cases as a part of the Justice Lester W. Roth Lecture series Monday. Brown case about the legality of Proposition 8, speaks about gay rights at a lecture Monday. Walker served on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as a district judge from to , and ruled in such momentous cases as the Apple Computer Inc.
By Dan Levine. Former U. Some wondered whether his sexual orientation would affect his decision and how it would be received. Walker eventually struck down Prop 8 as unconstitutional, and the case is currently on appeal. The Republican-nominated judge, who had a stormy history with the local gay community, calmly controlled his courtroom during the trial, adding dollops of humor as well.