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Judge Hearing Prop 8 Case Is Gay

Not that there's anything wrong with that ... at least for now
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2010 1:21 PM CST
Judge Hearing Prop 8 Case Is Gay
Judge Vaughn Walker.   (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/" target="_blank">?</a><a href="http://flickr.com/search/people/?m=name&q=mlinksva" target="_blank">mlinksva</a>)

(Newser) – The judge who will rule on the constitutionality of California’s gay marriage ban is gay. Vaughn Walker, who drew the assignment at random, has a reputation as a conservative and libertarian. Gay activists say his sexual orientation isn't an issue, but a rep for the group that sponsored the anti-gay-marriage legislation isn't so sure, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

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The Prop 8 advocate was quick to say he doesn't necessarily see a direct link, but he added: "In many ways, the sponsors of Prop. 8 have been put at significant disadvantage throughout the case. Regardless of the reason for it." And a state senator who opposes Prop 8 says he finds it "curious” that no one wondered about the sexual orientation of the state supreme court justices who have ruled on the issue. (Read more Vaughn Walker stories.)

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