Author Archives: Scott Shafer

Walker Responds

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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 … Continue reading »


Judge's use of trial video clip under fire

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     Eight months after his decision striking down Prop. 8, Vaughn Walker is once again infuriating the ballot measure’s backers.  Walker, who retired from the bench in February, is under fire for using a 3-minute video clip from last year’s … Continue reading »


The Stay Stays

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  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today denied a motion by attorneys for two same sex couples to lift the stay on Judge Walker’s decision striking down Prop. 8. Last summer Walker’s sweeping decision set aside all the arguments … Continue reading »


Prop. 8 Backers Claim "Fundamental Rights"

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  Sponsors of Prop. 8  Monday filed their opening brief in the State Supreme Court case examining the question of whether California law gives official proponents the right to defend their measure “when public officials charged with that duty refuse … Continue reading »


Update: The Case For Imperial County

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   Hours after opponents of Prop. 8 submitted their arguments against allowing Imperial County’s new Clerk to intervene in the case, a counter-filing by attorneys for  Protect Marriage.com urged the 9th Circuit to grant their request — if Prop. 8 backers are … Continue reading »


Imperial County's Intervention Opposed

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  Attorneys representing Prop. 8 opponents today voiced their opposition to efforts by a newly-elected Imperial County official to defend the same sex marriage ban before the 9th Circuit.    Background: When Governor Schwarzenegger and then-Attorney General Jerry Brown declined … Continue reading »


Supreme Court: "We are fast tracking"

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  In response to yesterday’s posting State Supreme Court spokeswoman Lynn Holton points out that although the court rejected the expedited timeline requested by Prop. 8 opponents “… the court in fact has already expedited the Prop. 8 case by setting a … Continue reading »


Asked and Answered: No!

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  Without comment, the State Supreme Court is rejecting a request by attorneys fighting Prop. 8 to speed up its timeline for deciding a key legal question. When the Supreme Court agreed last month to answer the 9th Circuit Court of … Continue reading »


A.G. to Court: Allow Gay Marriages Now

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Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift the stay on Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision striking down Prop. 8 last year. In unusually emotional language for a state’s “top cop,” Harris’s court filing … Continue reading »


Prop 8 Opponents to Court: Hurry Up!

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    In some ways the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is the biggest federal barrier to equality for gay and lesbian Americans. It prevents same sex couples who get married in states where it’s legal from getting federal rights bestowed … Continue reading »