Tag Archives: Vaughn Walker

Protect Marriage: We Caught Judge Vaughn Walker Working With Ted Olson

Three months ago now-retired Prop 8 Judge Vaughn Walker emailed Ted Olson to ask whether he should attend next week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court. Armed (somehow) with a copy of that email, Protect Marriage is claiming that Walker’s request demonstrates “the cozy relationship between Walker and our opponents, casting even more doubt on the legitimacy of Walker’s one-sided ...

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TODAY: Final Prop 8 Hearing

The Ninth Circuit Court will today hear final arguments on why the Prop 8 trial tapes should be made public. More importantly, they will hear arguments regarding the motion to vacate Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling because he is gay. I’ll be live-tweeting the proceedings and will (hopefully) have live video here on JMG.

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9th Circuit Consolidates Prop 8 Appeal With Complaint On Judge’s Gayness

Yesterday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals announced that it would simultaneously consider the appeal of the overturn of Prop 8 alongside a separate complaint that Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself for being gay. Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly: With today’s order, all of the questions relating to the validity and merits of the constitutionality of Proposition ...

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Prop 8 Backers File Another Brief To Overturn Judge Walker’s Ruling

They keep losing, but the backers of Proposition 8 just appeal, appeal, appeal. Once again, they are demanding that Judge Walker’s ruling be overturned because his gayness and long-term relationship constituted an inherent conflict of interest. The sponsors of California’s voter-approved same-sex marriage ban have asked a federal court to invalidate the ruling of the federal judge who struck it ...

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CALIFORNIA: Court Rejects Claim That Prop 8 Judge Should Have Recused Himself

Not at all surprising. A federal judge on Tuesday refused to invalidate last year’s ruling against Proposition 8, deciding the gay jurist who overturned the same-sex marriage ban had no obligation to step aside because of a possible conflict of interest. The decision by Chief Judge James Ware of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco left the ruling by ...

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More From Kate Kendell On Prop 8 Hearing

Watch this!

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NCLR Reacts To Prop 8 Hearing

Via press release: Today, Chief Judge James Ware of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard arguments on a motion to invalidate former U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker’s landmark ruling striking down Proposition 8. Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell: “Today’s hearing made it crystal clear that the Prop 8 proponents’ central claim–that ...

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New York Times Denounces Campaign Against Judge Vaughn Walker

The New York Times has published a blistering editorial denouncing the attempt to nullify Judge Vaughn Walker’s Prop 8 ruling because he is a gay man. After the trial, Judge Walker said he is gay and involved in a long-term relationship. Last week, Proposition 8’s lawyers argued that the ruling should be tossed out because he had had a duty ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

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Focus On The Family On King & Spalding

With side attacks on the president and Vaughn Walker.

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AFA’s Poll Of The Day

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Prop 8 Proponents Move To Vacate Judge Vaughn Walker’s Ruling Because He’s Gay

They’ve been talking about it for weeks and today Prop 8’s backers officially filed to vacate Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling overturning the ban of same-sex marriage in California. Because a gay judge cannot possibly be impartial about gay issues. The sponsors of California’s same-sex marriage ban said Monday that the recent disclosure by the federal judge who struck down Proposition ...

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HomoQuotable – Greg Quinlan

“When two plus two doesn’t equal four anymore, you can do anything you want because logic and truth [don’t] matter. We are no longer a nation of laws; we are a nation of lawmakers. And those lawmakers happen to wear black robes and sit in courtrooms. I have to speak to this as a former homosexual. This is part of ...

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Matt Baume: This Week In Prop 8

Baume recaps the attempt to keep the Prop 8 trial footage out of the public eye and last week’s civil unions vote in Delaware.

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SF Chronicle Editorial: Judge Walker Is Gay, Prop 8 Overturn Must Be Vacated

The San Francisco Chronicle has posted an editorial in which failed 2010 California attorney general candidate John Eastman calls for vacating Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling to overturn Prop 8. Because Walker’s recent official coming out as a gay man in a long-term relationship shows that he personally benefited from his own ruling. Walker’s admission requires that his decision in the ...

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What Might Happen Today With Prop 8?

Over at Metro Weekly, reporter Chris Geidner has posted an excellent 10-item FAQ sheet about today’s hearing of Prop 8 in the Ninth Circuit Court. Question #8 asks: “What Could The Court Rule?” With no specified timeline, the court will issue its ruling — although the fact that the court gave the case expedited consideration as to briefing and the ...

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CALIFORNIA: AFER Files Proposition 8 Response Brief With Ninth Circuit Court

The Olson/Boies team at Americans For Equal Rights have filed their response defending Judge Walker’s decision on Proposition 8.

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BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Court Grants Stay Of Prop 8 Overturn Pending Appeal

No same-sex marriage for California, for now. Via Rex Wockner, here’s the legalese: Filed order (EDWARD LEAVY, MICHAEL DALY HAWKINS and SIDNEY R. THOMAS) Appellants’ motion for a stay of the district court’s order of August 4, 2010 pending appeal is GRANTED. The court sua sponte orders that this appeal be expedited pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 2. ...

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Guest Post – Evan Wolfson

Evan Wolfson is the founder and executive director of Freedom To Marry. What’s Next In The Battle Against Prop 8? Thursday kicked off another emotional rollercoaster for many California couples as U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker rejected a permanent stay of hisAugust 4th ruling striking down Prop 8, but allowed a grace-period for the Ninth Circuit appellate ...

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Ninth Circuit Responds To Stay Motion

Things are moving VERY quickly. Brian Devine reports at Courage Campaign: The Ninth Circuit just issued an Order stating that the Plaintiffs’ response to the Motion to Stay is due by 11:00 p.m. tonight. The Prop 8 supporters’ reply, not to exceed 15 pages, is due by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 16, 2010. This suggests that the Ninth Circuit ...

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