District Federal Judge rules the California gay marriage ban unconstitutional and oh yeah, according to the SF Chronicle he’s gay.
“The biggest open secret in the landmark trial over same-sex marriage being heard in San Francisco is that the federal judge who will decide the case, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, is himself gay.
Many gay politicians in San Francisco and lawyers who have had dealings with Walker say the 65-year-old jurist, appointed to the bench by President George H.W. Bush in 1989, has never taken pains to disguise – or advertise – his orientation.”
I guess one might argue that the judges sexual persuasion does not necessarily affect his impartiality but the fact that on two occasions higher courts have had to intervene in Judge Walker’s court proceedings to restrict him from giving an undue advantage to the plaintiff is at the very least curious. First by attempting to break federal court rules against televising hearings and then by trying to deny the defense their first amendment rights by trying to force them to disclose private campaign documents.
We may never know for sure if Judge Walker did or did not allow his personal lifestyle choices to influence his ruling but there is more than enough to make us wonder.