They insisted that then-Chief U. District Judge Vaughn Walker should have divulged whether he wanted to marry his own gay partner before he cleared the way for others to marry theirs. The challenge sparked sharp exchanges at a hearing before another federal judge who said he would decide within 24 hours whether to overturn the landmark ruling that came after two gay couples sued to stop the voter-approved referendum.
Refusing to accept that courts or the attorney general have any say in the matter or that the momentum of support for gay marriage is going to win out in the end over. This fall, A. The event.
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The San Francisco judge found voter-approved ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, ruling that it violates the equal rights of gay and lesbian couples. Supreme Court to address the issue of same-sex marriage. Walker joined the federal bench in after he was nominated by president George H.
District Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled Proposition 8 is unconstitutional "under both the due-process and equal-protection" clauses. Walker has temporarily stayed his order until Friday, allowing Prop. Mayor Villaraigosa and Councilman Eric Garcetti joined a celebratory crowd today at West Hollywood Park to hail a judge's decision to overturn Proposition 8.
Proponents of Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage, stand aside opponents of the measure outside a federal courthouse in San Francisco. The opinion, issued by U. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, overturns the results of a popular referendum in in which 52 percent of Californians voted to approve a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Walker, the San Francisco judge who issued the first ruling on the federal constitutionality of Proposition 8, said Wednesday that he believes the trial he presided over affected the outcome of the same-sex marriage cases decided by the Supreme Court. Now retired from the bench and working as a private mediator, Walker, 69, was expected to play a minor role in the battle over gay marriage. State officials refused to do so.
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Chuck Donovan of the Heritage Foundation denounces Judge Vaughn Walker for "extreme judicial activism" and "judicial tyranny" in striking down California's Proposition 8, which barred gay people from marrying. And of course he doesn't fail to note that Judge Walker sits in. San Francisco.
In Perry v. Part I argues that the historical relationship between discrimination based on sex and discrimination based on sexual orientation can provide a basis for applying heightened scrutiny to laws against same-sex marriage under the Due Process Clause, as an alternative to the prevailing theory that calls for applying heightened scrutiny to such laws under the Equal Protection Clause. Part II argues that the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses prohibit the state from justifying laws against same-sex marriage based on the fear that exposing children to homosexuality will encourage them to be lesbian, gay, or bisexual, because the state does not have any legitimate interest in encouraging children to be heterosexual.