[BREAKING:] Judge's Right to Rule on Prop. 8 Affirmed

The chief federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that his retired colleague Vaughn Walker was under no legal obligation to step aside from ruling on California's same-sex marriage ban because he is a gay man.

Walker ruled in August that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

Legal experts had characterized the attempt to overturn Walker's ruling on the basis of his sexuality as a Hail Mary pass by foes of marriage equality. Under such reasoning, a black judge could not rule on civil rights cases that might benefit African-Americans, or a female judge could not weigh in on discrimination cases that could help women in the workplace.

Not only would that set a confounding precedent coloring future cases, it could jeopardize rulings from more than 200 years of U.S. litigation.

While the issues surrounding Vaughn have been settled as far as Chief Judge James Ware is concerned, Vaughn's decision remains on hold pending a separate appeal to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which some suspect will punt a decision on Prop. 8 to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I would also like to point out that men don't have wombs and yet no one questions whether it's appropriate for a man to make decisions about abortion issues...but then again most folks who support Prop "Hate" (8) probably don't give a damn about women's rights either...

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

Hell, most people that support Prop 8 don't even live in California. Strange times.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Well, I don't know, if it becomes law I plan on divorcing my sweetie of 38 years. Using the "Defense of Marriage" logic that would have been the logical outcome, no? Can anyone tell me just whose marriage, in particular, this act was "defending"? If I'm not being broad enough, I take both of your comments, Fish and Mayhem, to be to the point.

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