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Will New York Break Same-Sex Marriage Log Jam in CA?

June 27, 2011 | 1:59 pm

Will New York Break Same-Sex Marriage Log Jam in CA?

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Friday’s dramatic passage of a law permitting same sex marriage in New York State raises the obvious question: What does this mean for California? The answer? A squishy “too soon to tell.” New York has a set of circumstances unique to that state, including an extremely popular Catholic governor with an openly gay “brother-in-law”; relatively […]

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June 14, 2011 | 4:00 pm

Motion to Overturn Vaughn Walker’s Prop 8 Ruling Based on His Same-Sex Relationship Fails; Read Excerpts

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Last year, Judge Vaughn Walker, now retired, ruled that Proposition 8, California’s same-sex marriage ban, was unconstitutional. One of the legal rationales Prop 8 supporters have used in trying to get Walker’s ruling overturned is that the judge’s long-term same-sex marriage, which he divulged to reporters a couple of months ago, should have disqualified him […]

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June 13, 2011 | 6:36 pm

Prop 8 Judge Could Rule Tuesday on Vaughn Walker Bias Issue

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At the end of Monday’s 3-hour long oral arguments, District Court Judge James Ware said he hoped to have a written ruling on the motion to have Judge Vaughn Walker’s Prop 8 ruling vacated “within 24 hours”. The bottom line issue: Did Judge Walker have a duty to recuse himself from the Prop. 8 trial […]

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Scott Shafer Reports From Prop 8 Hearing on Vaughn Walker’s Same-Sex Relationship

June 13, 2011 | 1:00 pm

Scott Shafer Reports From Prop 8 Hearing on Vaughn Walker’s Same-Sex Relationship

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The California Report’s Scott Shafer tweeted live today from the Proposition 8 hearing at the U.S. District Court for Northern California. The issue before Chief Judge James Ware: Should Vaughn Walker, the judge’s predecessor, have disclosed his long-term same-sex relationship before he adjudicated the Proposition 8 case because of potential bias? Update 1 p.m. KQED’s […]

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April 26, 2011 | 8:17 am

Prop. 8 Backers: “Judge was biased”

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Some are calling it a “hail Mary” legal move, but backers of Proposition 8 filed a motion in federal court Monday calling on the Chief Judge who replaced Vaughn Walker to throw out Walker’s sweeping 2010 decision striking down the ballot measure as unconstitutional. The basis for that motion: an interview Walker gave to Reuters […]

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April 25, 2011 | 3:48 pm

AP: Gay Marriage Ban Backers to Cite Judge’s Gay Partner in Appeal of Ruling

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From AP: The federal judge who struck down Proposition 8 that he is in a long-term relationship with another man has given them new grounds to appeal. Lawyer Andy Pugno tells The Associated Press on Monday that backers of the voter-approved measure believe that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker should have removed himself from […]

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April 20, 2011 | 9:40 am

Vaughn Walker Replaces Prop 8 Video With Nuremberg Trial For Legal Presentation

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Although Judge Vaughn Walker informed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week that he was planning to use the excerpt from the Prop. 8 trial again this week in a talk at Gonzaga University Law School, a spokeswoman now tells me the retired jurist has decided not to. Instead, Walker will show tapes from […]

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April 19, 2011 | 11:40 am

Media Pushes for Release of Proposition 8 Trial Video

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A coalition of media, including the Los Angeles Times, CNN and KQED, is joining the legal fray over the Prop. 8 video tapes. In papers filed April 18th attorneys for the coalition indicate they want to join the motion of Prop. 8 opponents to unseal the videos so they can be seen by the public. […]

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April 15, 2011 | 8:54 am

Vaughn Walker Responds to Complaint He Illegally Used Video Clip from Prop 8 Trial

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Retired federal judge Vaughn Walker today responded to a complaint that he illegally used a video clip of the Prop. 8 trial during a presentation he made at the University of Arizona. In a letter to the 9th Circuit Court clerk, Walker says that in previous speeches about cameras in the courtroom he used video […]

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April 14, 2011 | 2:26 pm

Video: The Cross-Examination Clip Prop 8 Proponents Didn’t Want Vaughn Walker to Show

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As Scott Shafer reported today, former Judge Vaughn Walker is in hot water with Proposition 8 proponents over a video clip he showed from the trial on the same-sex marriage ban, which he presided over in 2010. Which is probably not the biggest news, because he’s already in boiling hot water with Prop 8 proponents […]

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