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Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know

March 21, 2013 | 8:00 am

Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know

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In California’s June 2000 primary, 61 percent of the electorate voted “yes” on Proposition 22, a measure that amended state law to read, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized ” in the state. The state Supreme Court overturned the law in 2008 as discriminatory, opening the way for same-sex couples to get legally married in the state. About 18,000 gay and lesbian couples took advantage of the chance to tie the knot.

Same-sex marriage proponent Kat McGuckin of Oaklyn, New Jersey, holds a gay marriage pride flag while standing in front of the Supreme Court November 30, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

But the door that had been opened to same-sex couples slammed shut in November 2008, when voters passed Proposition 8. The measure, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, passed with 52 percent of the vote.

Gay-marriage advocates immediately filed challenges with the California Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case, and in May 2009, the court upheld Prop. 8, another blow against same-sex marriage.

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Judges Hear Arguments on Prop 8 Trial Video, Judge Vaughn Walker’s Same-Sex Relationship

December 8, 2011 | 4:10 pm

Judges Hear Arguments on Prop 8 Trial Video, Judge Vaughn Walker’s Same-Sex Relationship

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Update Friday, Dec 9: You can listen to the complete audio archive of yesterday’s hearing below: Part 1: Hearing on whether to release the Prop 8 trial video Part 2: Hearing on whether Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself because of his long-term same-sex relationship Also, here’s Scott Shafer’s report from this morning’s California […]

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Prop 8: Oral Arguments Thursday on Whether Judge Vaughn Walker Had Confict of Interest as Gay Man in Long-Term Relationship

December 7, 2011 | 9:59 am

Prop 8: Oral Arguments Thursday on Whether Judge Vaughn Walker Had Confict of Interest as Gay Man in Long-Term Relationship

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It’s been exactly a year since a panel of 9th Circuit Court judges heard oral arguments on an appeal of Judge Vaughn Walker’s 2010 decision striking down Prop. 8 for violating the U.S. Constitution. No decision has been rendered on that appeal, and none is likely soon. But Thursday that same panel will hear two […]

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September 19, 2011 | 10:12 am

Federal Judge Grants Motion to Release Video of Prop. 8 Trial; Watch Video Clip From Trial

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Tweets from Scott Shafer here. Federal judge in SF grants motion to release video tapes of the #Prop. 8 trial. — Scott Shafer (@scottshafer) September 19, 2011 Judge James Ware finds “no compelling reason” to keep #Prop 8 trial tapes sealed. Order stayed until Sept. 30 at request of backers. — Scott Shafer (@scottshafer) September […]

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August 19, 2011 | 6:29 pm

“Milk” Director’s Next Project: Prop. 8, on Broadway

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Dustin Lance Black, who snagged an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay by writing Milk starring Sean Penn, has turned his talent to Prop. 8, using courtroom transcripts and interviews to create a Broadway-bound play called “8.” And befitting Black’s reputation, 8 has attracted several luminaries from television and film — including Sir Morgan Freeman, hunky […]

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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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