Blogger Michael Triplett was driving home while listening to an NPR story about gay marriage when he heard something that gave him pause. Reporter Karen Grigsby Bates was describing U. Walker "is a really interesting guy, Melissa," she told Block. He is generally considered to be very thoughtful, very thorough.
Prop 8 and the judgment of Vaughn Walker
Gay judge never thought to drop marriage case - Reuters
Madison — A federal judge in Madison on Friday overturned Wisconsin's gay marriage ban, striking down an amendment to the state constitution approved overwhelmingly by voters in and prompting an emergency action by the state to halt the scores of weddings that began in the state's two largest cities. In the page decision , U. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that the prohibition on same-sex vows in the state violated the rights of gay and lesbian couples to equal protection under the federal constitution and fair treatment under the law. She did not stay her ruling but also did not immediately issue an order blocking the enforcement of the ban, sparking a heated and hasty debate on whether the ruling meant that couples could immediately marry in the courthouses of Wisconsin. Instead, Crabb asked the gay couples who had sued over the ban to say by June 16 exactly what they wanted done to enforce her ruling, with a further wait of one to two weeks for both sides in the lawsuit to file responses.
Federal judge overturns Wisconsin's gay marriage ban
The judge, assigned to California's same-sex marriage case, has remained silent on the issue, but the claim recently reappeared in major news outlets, including the New York Times , following his decision last week to strike down Proposition 8. Throughout, the source has been the original Chronicle column by Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, which obliquely cited "many gay politicians in San Francisco and lawyers who have had dealings with Walker. Considering the mainstream media's cautious treatment of the rumors surrounding Elena Kagan's sexuality, you have to wonder what's different here. Why is Walker's sexuality talked about and reported on with such certainty? The story begins long before the Chronicle ran its blind item.
However, he cited other decisions that allowed female judges to rule on gender discrimination cases. Theodore Boutrous Jr. Boutrous said. View all New York Times newsletters. Lawyers for supporters of the ban, known as Proposition 8 , argued that Judge Walker should have removed himself from the case, or at least disclosed his decadelong relationship, not because of his sexual orientation, but because he stood to benefit from the decision.