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Judge Who Overturned Proposition 8 Tells His Story at Porchlight

Vaughn Walker did what federal judges occasionally do: He was appointed by a Republican president (George H.W. Bush), but he'll forever be known for at least one ruling that clearly favors a liberal mindset (declaring unconstitutional Proposition 8, which…
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Calendar, Night&Day Judge Not

Judge Not

Vaughn Walker did what federal judges occasionally do: He was appointed by a Republican president (George H.W. Bush), but he’ll forever be known for at least one ruling that clearly favors a liberal mindset (declaring unconstitutional Proposition 8, which prohibits…
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News, The Snitch Judge Stephen Reinhardt Won't Recuse Himself From Prop. 8 Trial

Judge Stephen Reinhardt Won't Recuse Himself From Prop. 8 Trial

Judge Stephen Reinhardt has spurned a motion that he recuse himself from adjudicating over the pending 9th Circuit Court of Appeal review of Proposition 8.Supporters of the same-sex marriage ban contended that Reinhardt -- 79, a Jimmy Carter appointee, and…
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News, The Snitch Judges Named For Prop. 8 Hearing

Judges Named For Prop. 8 Hearing

A liberal, a conservative, and a moderate. An old guy, a middle-aged guy, and a sorta young guy. Sounds like the makings for a road-trip comedy. Could be. But it's definitely the composition for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals'…
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News, The Snitch Prop. 8 Judge Vaughn Walker to Teach at U.C. Berkeley Law School

Prop. 8 Judge Vaughn Walker to Teach at U.C. Berkeley Law School

Vaughn Walker, the federal judge who in August delivered a landmark ruling affirming the right of same-sex couples in California to marry, will begin teaching a class at U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law after he retires at the…
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News, The Snitch Vaughn Walker, Prop. 8 Judge, Announces Retirement

Vaughn Walker, Prop. 8 Judge, Announces Retirement

Judge Vaughn Walker is out ... of the building​Vaughn Walker, the Republican-appointed judge loathed in the LGBT community for much of his career -- who went on to strike down California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 -- has announced he's hanging…
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News, The Snitch Supreme Court Rules State Not Required to Appeal Prop. 8 Decision

Supreme Court Rules State Not Required to Appeal Prop. 8 Decision

The California Supreme Court yesterday dismissed a right-wing group's suit that would have compelled the state to appeal Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown have come down in…
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News, The Snitch Ken Mehlman -- Can Gay Marriage Activists Forgive Him?

Ken Mehlman -- Can Gay Marriage Activists Forgive Him?

Ken Mehlman -- President George W. Bush's 2004 campaign manager and the former head of the Republican National Committee -- has announced that he is gay and will join the campaign to overturn Proposition 8. With his disclosure, Mehlman has…
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News, The Snitch Prop. 8 Stay Granted -- No Gay Marriage Wednesday

Prop. 8 Stay Granted -- No Gay Marriage Wednesday

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals moments ago granted a stay of Judge Vaughn Walker's Aug. 4 ruling overturning Proposition 8 -- meaning there will be no same-sex marriages on Wednesday. The appeal was granted "sua sponte" -- meaning it…
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News, The Snitch Bookie Site Lays Odds on Same-Sex Marriage

Bookie Site Lays Odds on Same-Sex Marriage

The folks who will allow you to bet on anything -- really, anything -- are at it again. YouWager.com is laying odds on how many same-sex marriages there will be in California next week: How many marriage licenses will be…
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News, The Snitch Torturer's Apprentice John Yoo Says It's Constitutional to Ban Gay Marriage

Torturer's Apprentice John Yoo Says It's Constitutional to Ban Gay Marriage

You gotta hand it to John Yoo, the former Bush Administration attorney who provided a legal rationale for torturing prisoners of war. It must be tough being an anti-human-rights playa in the midst of Collectivist Berkeley, where Yoo is a…
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News, The Snitch Vaughn Walker's Choice to Delay Gay Marriage Praised by Legal Scholars

Vaughn Walker's Choice to Delay Gay Marriage Praised by Legal Scholars

Judge Vaughn Walker's decision today to officially overturn Proposition 8 -- but stay that action until next week -- left a lot of same-sex couples statewide feeling like the rug had been pulled out from under them. The knowledge that…
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News, The Snitch Judge Refuses to Halt Gay Weddings - But Don't Celebrate Yet

Judge Refuses to Halt Gay Weddings - But Don't Celebrate Yet

UPDATE (12:45 pm): Hold everything. Now we're told that the judge's ruling doesn't go into effect until Aug. 18. There's a press conference being held now to explain the ramifications of the latest decision. We'll update you when we know…
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News, The Snitch Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger Say Let the Gays Marry -- Now

Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger Say Let the Gays Marry -- Now

Update: You're never going to believe this, but, at 4:59 p.m. the City and County of San Francisco also filed a motion urging the stay be lifted! Attorney General Jerry Brown has filed a motion with Judge Vaughn Walker requesting…
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News, The Snitch What a Week in Gay it Was!

What a Week in Gay it Was!

Seriously, this was one mother fu**ing gay week! Can I hear a what what?You may have heard that Vaughn Walker, the gayest judge in the world -- even gayer than Supreme Court's new softball coach, Justice Elena Kagan -- tossed…
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News, The Snitch Jurist, Teabagger, Porn King: The Ravings of Conservative Nutjobs Against Vaughn Walker

Jurist, Teabagger, Porn King: The Ravings of Conservative Nutjobs Against Vaughn Walker

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's decision overturning Proposition 8 is, by the reckoning of most sensible observers, a masterpiece of judicial prose and reasoning. As such, it has been greeted by conservative extremists in the manner you would expect…
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News, The Snitch Prop. 8 Ruling: Literature and Strategy

Prop. 8 Ruling: Literature and Strategy

UPDATE: APPEAL FILED THIS MORNINGThe multitudes who took to the streets yesterday to either celebrate or denigrate Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling overturning Prop. 8 in many ways resembled the millions of tipplers worldwide who lift a glass on Bloomsday --…
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News, The Snitch Prop. 8 Ruling: Judge Vaughn Walker's Most Scathing Language

Prop. 8 Ruling: Judge Vaughn Walker's Most Scathing Language

READ PROP. 8 ANALYSIS HEREA collection of Judge Vaughn Walker's most pointed statements from today's ruling: During closing arguments, proponents again focused on the contention that "responsible procreation is really at the heart of society's interest in regulating marriage." When…
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News, The Snitch Prop. 8 Backers Cover Their Asses

Prop. 8 Backers Cover Their Asses

Those reading the tea leaves prior to Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling in the Proposition 8 trial this afternoon may want to pay attention to this large lump: The anti-gay marriage defendants in the case late yesterday filed a motion to…
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News, The Snitch Prop. 8 Trial -- Constipated No More

Prop. 8 Trial -- Constipated No More

Remember the Prop. 8 trial that started in San Francisco in January starring Judge Vaughn Walker (gay) and featuring David Boies (liberal) and Ted Olson (conservative)? The trial that has been on hiatus longer than the presentation of evidence? It…
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