Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 21, Ed. 1 Friday, October 7, 2011

nationalnews
Prop 8 supporters still
want judge disqualified
JUDGING THE JUDGE | In this July 8, 2009 file photo, Judge Vaughn Walker is seen in his chambers at
the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, Calif. Lawyers for the sponsors of California's voter-
approved same-sex marriage ban have filed briefs with the appeals court asking that Walker's ruling strik-
ing down Prop 8 be invalidated because he is gay. (San Francisco Chronicle, Paul Chinn/Associated Press)
Lawyers file brief claiming Vaughn
Walker's ruling striking down gay
marriage ban should be invalidated
because he is gay and in a
relationship with a man
LISA LEFF I Associated Press
editor@dallasvoice.com
SAN FRANCISCO — The sponsors of Cali-
fornia's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban
have asked a federal court to invalidate the rul-
ing of the federal judge who struck it down,
saying the judge should be disqualified because
he did not divulge he was in a long-term rela-
tionship with another man.
Lawyers for the Proposition 8's backers filed
their open brief on the issue late Monday Oct.
3, with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
San Francisco. They claim that another federal
judge erred when he concluded U.S. Chief
Judge Vaughn Walker 's relationship status was
irrelevant to Walker's ability to fairly preside
over the trial on the measure's constitutional-
ity
In their brief, they argue that Walker's impar-
tiality can be questioned because he is "simi-
larly situated" to the plaintiffs who sued to
overturn Proposition 8, two same-Sex couples
in established relationships. They also said that
while Walker has not indicated if he and his
partner wish to marry, research presented as ev-
idence in the trial found that two-thirds of un-
married same-sex couples would tie the knot if
they could.
"Given that Judge Walker was in a long-term,
same-Sex relationship throughout this case (and
for many years before the case commenced), he
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Nash, Tammye. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 21, Ed. 1 Friday, October 7, 2011. Dallas, Texas. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth239188/. Accessed December 28, 2014.