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Judge Vaughn Walker

Judge Vaughn R. Walker, the Man Who Kicked Proposition 8 Toward the Supreme Court (AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nicholas Snow

I was honored to be in attendance at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on May 23, 2013, in Palm Springs, Calif., at which retired Ninth Circuit Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker gave the keynote address. I bring you the speech in its entirety.

Courtside For Marriage

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Legislators in three states are preparing marriage equality bills. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus included protections for binational same-sex couples in its guidelines for immigration reform. And in March the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two marriage cases.

Brad Pitt Joins '8,' Dustin Lance Black's Prop. 8 Play

The Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 03.01.2012 | Home

Dustin Lance Black's Prop. 8 play has been slowly picking up stars as it makes its way across the U.S., and the latest announcement is one of its bigg...

Mike Sacks

Gay Marriage Ruling's Bid For One Justice's Vote Could Backfire | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Trying to play to Justice Anthony Kennedy's gut is a dicey endeavor. So when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Tuesday st...

On North Carolina's Especially Disturbing "Defense of Marriage" Amendment

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

The broad language of the amendment could result in the denial of a wide range of rights and protections to non-married couples -- gay and straight -- on the grounds that those relationships would be barred from legal recognition if the amendment passes.

Jurists' Personal Lives Should Remain So

Fred Silberberg | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

Since when we have ever required judges to disclose the details of the personal lives in such a manner? On what basis does one's sexual orientation affect his or her ability to determine the legality of matters?

Mike Sacks

Justices Not Moved By HIV-Positive Pilot's Distress | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A majority of the Supreme Court appeared unlikely Wednesday morning to help a California man who claims he suffered severe mental and em...

Can a Judge Be Biased Because He Is Gay?

Lisa McElroy | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Lisa McElroy

Essential aspects of the human condition -- such as sexual orientation and loving relationships -- cannot be grounds for requiring that a judge step aside.

Prop 8 Heading Back To Court

Aaron Sankin | Posted 10.01.2011 | San Francisco

The last time a California court heard arguments on the validity of Proposition 8, the controversial measure banning gay marriage that state voters pa...

Gay Judge Bashing

Adam Winkler | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Prop. 8 backers want Judge Vaughn Walker to be recused because he is gay, but they're trying not to admit that. How can they argue with a straight face that they aren't basing their argument on his sexual orientation?

Prop 8 Lawyers Seek to Destroy America's Judiciary

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Yesterday a team of lawyers sought to undermine the U.S. legal system. I'm not speaking in hyperbole -- these members of the bar attempted to discredit every black, female, non-Christian, or gay judge in the country.

Should Judge in Same-Sex Marriage Case Be Recused?

Adam Winkler | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Implicit in Prop. 8 supporters' effort to recuse Judge Walker is the notion that, unlike a gay judge who might benefit from marriage, a heterosexual judge would be impartial. The ironies abound.

Gay Judge Who Struck Down Prop 8 Never Thought About Recusing Himself

Reuters | Dan Levine | Posted 06.06.2011 | Los Angeles

April 6, 2011 11:33:59 PM By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. judge who struck down California's gay marriage ban never considered ...

We Don't Have Forever | Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.28.2011 | Los Angeles

Reporting from Palm Springs-- Derence Kernek and Ed Watson live together each day in fear that they won't be able to pledge "till death do us part" be...

A Giant Leap Forward for Equality

Mark Leno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Leno

Nearly two years after the passage of Proposition 8 in California, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the divisive measure denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry is unconstitutional.

Is It Possible to Be Against Same-Sex Marriage Without Being Homophobic?

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

Without factual support, it is becoming less and less tenable for opponents of same-sex marriage to argue that their positions are not influenced by a dislike of gay people and their intimate relationships.

Defending Prop 8: The Meg Whitman, Steve Cooley Morass -- With Insight from Lambda Legal's Jon Davidson

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Karen Ocamb

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and attorney general candidate Steve Cooley recently said that they would defend Prop 8 in a federal trial, if elected and given the opportunity.

If Hard-Won Court Victory Against Prop 8 Is Tossed out, You Can Thank Jerry Brown

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Ted Olson's legal strategy is gay Californians' last best hope for judicial affirmation of their right to marry. Ironically, Jerry Brown's pursuit of short-term political advantage jeopardizes that strategy.

Judging the Judge: A Matter of Rights and Wrongs

Judith S. Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith S. Kaye

All judges have personal qualities, among them sex, age, race, background, experience and religious beliefs. But this does not mean they aren't able to look beyond personal factors and decide cases based on the facts and the law.

Call For Review of 14th Amendment Endangers American Electorate

Yuna Shin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yuna Shin

This call for a review of the 14th Amendment is not only un-American, it treads on dangerous paths: a path back to pre-1868 slavery, a path back to the period of darkness in American history.

Judge Vaughn Walker Gets Smeared By the Media

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michelangelo Signorile

Judge Walker has not ever confirmed to anyone in the media what sexual orientation he may be. And yet most major media organizations have reported on him as gay or had commentators saying it.

Would a Black Judge Have Been Biased in Brown v. Board of Education?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

There are no rational arguments for denying gay Americans the same rights that straight Americans already enjoy. We'll probably hear more irrationality from the right on this issue, but it won't last. They've already lost.

From a Mormon Gay Couple: Thank You Judge Walker

Spencer Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Spencer Jones

We in the LGBT community must all commit to telling our stories and to showing our neighbors, co-workers, and faith groups who we are and why marriage and equal rights is important to us.

Landmark Ruling Declares Prop 8 Unconstitutional

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

In a stunning, carefully crafted 136-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker held in Perry v. Schwarzenegger that California's Propositi...

Prop 8: What must Fox News' LGBT employees think?

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Back in April, I wrote about News Corp and Fox News' love/hate relationship with the LGBT community: It's no secret that Fox News doesn't live up to ...