The right-wing is in overdrive attacking Judge Vaughn Walker’s bias, since they say he is ‘openly gay.’ Of course, Walker isn’t openly gay by any stretch of the imagination. But Michaelangelo Signorile perpetuates a dangerous stereotype, difficult to shed for men of my generation and Vaughn Walker’s, by calling these lies ‘smears’ in his otherwise excellent HuffPost article today. It’s not a smear to call someone openly gay, since there’s nothing wrong with being gay in the first place.
|By: Teddy Partridge Monday August 9, 2010 2:30 pm|
|By: bmaz Saturday August 7, 2010 10:00 am|
Judge Walker set an accelerated schedule for consideration of DI’s Motion For Stay in California’s Proposition 8 ban on marriage decision. The real defendant, the State of California, has already filed opposition to the stay, through the Attorney General, the Governor and the City of San Francisco.
|By: David Dayen Friday August 6, 2010 9:35 am|
There’s no question that Judge Walker, like any other judge, I’d imagine, likes his rulings to hold up on appeal. That’s why he did two very specific things with the Prop 8 ruling. He established a rigorous fact pattern, because the appellate courts will have to deal with those facts in their opinions. And, he basically tailored his ruling with respect to precedent on cases decided by the one man who will determine whether his ruling will stand.
|By: David Dayen Thursday August 5, 2010 7:00 am|
Last night in West Hollywood, close to a thousand supporters of marriage equality, including many of the 18,000 same-sex couples legally married in California and other same-sex families who have been denied that right, laughed, hugged and celebrated Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling in the Prop 8 trial, which invalidated the gay marriage ban in California. For many Americans the ruling signifies hope for a better day across the rest of the country.
|By: Thers Wednesday August 4, 2010 8:09 pm|
My FDL colleagues & confreres will surely be discussing the legalities & intricacies of the striking-down of Californ-i-a’s Proposition 8, the referendum that said, in so many words, “if you are gay or lesbian or even remotely concerned with equality, fairness, and justice for all Californians, fuck you and suck it, and not in a [...]
|By: bmaz Wednesday August 4, 2010 3:10 pm|
The decision from Judge Vaughn Walker is in and the hatred and discrimination of California’s Proposition 8 has been overturned and declared unconstitutional.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 4, 2010 2:55 pm|
The defendant-intervenors in the case have already asked for a stay of the ruling, pending appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and if necessary, the Supreme Court. Expect this to hit the nation’s highest court sometime next year.
|By: Teddy Partridge Wednesday August 4, 2010 2:15 pm|
So, yes — victory. But hate is strong. It may not have prevailed today, but we can certainly count on its being around for a while. Stay safe out there, people: there’s nothing like a successful court battle to bring out the bashers and haters lurking in the underbelly of the American psyche.
|By: bmaz Wednesday August 4, 2010 6:00 am|
From a knowledge of court procedure, and the fact that Defendant Intervenors have already lodged a Motion For Stay Pending Appeal, it is quite clear that Judge Walker’s opinion will be a victory for gay marriage and a loss to the Proposition 8 H8ters. Proposition 8 is going to be held to be unconstitutional.