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Friday, August 13, 2010

Judge Walker - Our Hero

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who shot to fame a few days ago when he ruled that California's Prop 8, the state's ban on gay marriage, was unconstitutional, has had more to say on the subject. First Judge Walker ruled that gay marriage ceremonies can resume on Wed., Aug. 18, unless the Prop 8 supporters can convince the 9th District Court of Appeals to issue a stay on the resumption of the blissful events. And yesterday, Judge Walker went further to say that he didn't think that the 9th District would hear an appeal because the particular supporters of Prop 8 who brought the case in front of him "would not be personally affected by the resumption of gay weddings". We're nowhere near to being legal scholars, so forgive us if we don't get this exactly correct, but it sounds as if the only reason a court will issue a "stay" on a judge's ruling is if the people who request the stay are personally affected by the lower court ruling. And the supporters of Prop 8 have not proven that they will be personally hurt or affected by the resumption of gay weddings. We'll soon see. All we can say is that the next few days are going to be very interesting.

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