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. The case could set national policy if it reaches the U.
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Indeed, while striking down Proposition 8, the decision will not immediately lead to any new same-sex marriages being performed in California. Vaughn R. Walker, the chief judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco, immediately stayed his own decision, pending appeals by proponents of Proposition 8, who seem confident that higher courts would hear and favor their position. But on Wednesday the winds seemed to be at the back of those who feel that marriage is not, as the voters of California and many other states have said, solely the province of a man and a woman. Nor does it affect federal law, which does not recognize such unions. Evening rallies and celebrations were planned in dozens of cities across the state and several across the nation.
Prop. 8 overturned: Why Vaughn Walker ruled against gay-marriage ban
The biggest open secret in the landmark trial over same-sex marriage being heard in San Francisco is that the federal judge who will decide the case, Chief U. District Judge Vaughn Walker , is himself gay. Many gay politicians in San Francisco and lawyers who have had dealings with Walker say the year-old jurist, appointed to the bench by President George H. Bush in , has never taken pains to disguise - or advertise - his orientation. They also don't believe it will influence how he rules on the case he's now hearing - whether Proposition 8, the ballot measure approved by state voters to ban same-sex marriage, unconstitutionally discriminates against gays and lesbians.
A federal judge overturned California's gay marriage ban Wednesday with an unequivocal ruling that could eventually force the U. Supreme Court to confront the question of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed. Chief U.