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Prop 8 judge speaks for the first time about being gay

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  1. Ian Bower 7 Apr 2011, 9:07am

    Quote: ‘has spoken publicly about the fact he is gay for the first time’
    That made me chuckle.
    When is he going to be gay for the second time? ;-)

    1. Ian Bower 7 Apr 2011, 9:08am

      Oops – missed out the ?

      1. Jessica Geen 7 Apr 2011, 9:32am

        Good point. Changed now. Thanks!

  2. I am impressed the guy has spoken about it.

    The trouble is, people see the law from emotional perspectives, and not from the hard practical statutes that are laid down. The fact he was criticised over a gay case is so wrong. He has to remain impartial at all times and view the case on it’s merits.

    I wish him well in his retirement, and just hope others may follow in his footsteps.

    1. But you see no one protesting when straight white upper class conservative men are residing over a case when it is a woman, a black person or a poor person?


  3. Jock S. Trap 7 Apr 2011, 9:50am

    “It would be a “slippery slope” if judges began dropping cases because of their own sexual orientation, race or gender, he said.”

    Was about religion?

    Religious bias is the worst. I feel even someone gay would be fair less bias than those of any religion.

    We seem to have laws of religious morality rather than laws of the state and Equality.

    The reason why state and religion have to be separated.

    1. Religious bias is the worst by far. But it’s not as bad here as in the USA. Thank god.

      1. Jock S. Trap 7 Apr 2011, 2:32pm

        LOL… good joke!

  4. Jock S. Trap 7 Apr 2011, 9:54am

    As for Judge Vaughn Walker, it’s a shame he retired. It’s interested that his sexual orientation was an open secret until that is those opposed chose to use it against him.

    Speaks volumes.

  5. The bigots go for the LGBT Achilles’ heel hoping to discredit and silence us. Too many Judges have god disease which must question their impartiality. Good on this Judge for speaking out.

  6. It used to be an Achilles heel. Thanks to Walker and the multiple hundreds who have come before him to speak of themselves publicly, it’s not nearly so much anymore.

    It’s the bigot’s canard.

    1. Jock S. Trap 8 Apr 2011, 9:16am

      Good comment.

  7. Chuckster 8 Apr 2011, 9:27am

    Interesting thing about this judge, he was a proper constitutionalist original intent judge, none of this lefty liberal ‘litigating from the bench’ for him. He didn’t invent a constitutional right for homosexual marriage, he merely cited his belief in equal protection guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. He was a Republican nominee, nominated by Reagan and supported by the Reaganite’s Reaganite in judicial circles – Ed Meese.

    In addition the case against Prop 8 was litigated by former Solicitor General Ted Olsen, another Republican, this time a straight one, who was part of George W. Bush’s team and who also saw the Constitutional objectsions to Prop 8 without the need to invent new clauses.

    1. David Gervais 9 Apr 2011, 9:23am

      I found his Prop 8 decision easy to read and well thought out. I learned a lot about US law by researching the citations he used.

      I frequently use material from it or from the things I learned because of it when I have to play Whack-A-Troll with the wingnuts who sometimes invade public discourse.

      I am very sorry that you are losing him.

      the link to the decision is:

      It’s a quick and easy read, highly recommended.

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