Court Hearing Begins on Prop 8 Ruling by Gay Judge Critics argue Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jun 13, 2011 1:47 PM CDT 42 comments Comments In this photo taken Nov. 19, 2010, Chief District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, of the Northern District of California, speaks at a legal conference in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (Newser) – A court will decide whether to strike Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling on California’s Proposition 8 from the legal record because he is in a committed homosexual relationship, the Los Angeles Times reports. Gay marriage critic ProtectMarriage argues that because Walker was in said relationship when he struck down the same-sex marriage ban, he should have recused himself. A federal district judge in San Francisco scheduled a hearing on the matter; it began today. Click for more on the argument against Walker.