Not that there’s anything wrong with that, or is there?

04 Aug

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.”

Judge Vaughan Walker

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.


Posted by on August 4, 2010 in politics


3 responses to “Not that there’s anything wrong with that, or is there?

  1. P. Henry Saddleburr

    August 5, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Great J. Edgar Hoover in a teddy!

    Are you trying to say that a liberal judge is ruling in accordance to his personal policy preference as opposed to the Constitution?

    Damn your eyes!

  2. Saddlesore

    August 5, 2010 at 2:40 am

    A judge should always do everything possible to both remain impartial and appear to remain impartial. Given this judge’s record, an appeals court should overrule him and order a new trial before a new judge.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: