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After getting shut down by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, District Court Judge Vaughn Walker and 9th Circuit Appeals Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski to allow a broadcast of the closing arguments in the Prop. 8 trial, tentatively … Continue reading
Yesterday the San Francisco Chronicle’s Matier and Ross wrote a column identifying Prop. 8 trial Judge Vaughn Walker as gay. This wasn’t exactly “outing” the judge — he’s not exactly public about his sexual orientation, but it’s well known in many circles that he is. The article described it as a “non-issue,” but that remains to be seen. What do you think? Should a judge’s sexual orientation be relevant in a case like this? Was the Chronicle right to reveal Judge Walker’s orientation in the middle of a high profile trial? Tell me what you think in the comments.
Very dry, scholarly testimony on the history and meaning of marriage was enlivened in the federal courtroom this morning with the playing of a 2004 Terry Gross interview.