What’s Next for the Prop 8 Case

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 11:01 am

As you may know, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional this morning. This furthers a process that will almost certainly end in the Supreme Court, with a precedent-setting ruling on the right of same-sex couples to marry. However, the ruling today is limited to the circumstances of the California initiative, [...]

Republican Senator in New York Will Vote for Marriage Equality

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 6:16 am

New York State Sen. James Alesi (R) came out of a private meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and announced his support of a marriage equality bill that could get a vote this week in the state Senate. This builds on the support of three Democratic Senators who opposed the bill in 2009. Alesi also opposed [...]

Prop 8 Supporters Try to Gay-Bait Vaughn Walker in New Appeal

By: Tuesday April 26, 2011 8:30 am

This is really ugly: Rumors swirled that the federal judge who had struck down California’s same-sex marriage ban last summer was gay, but the lawyers charged with defending the measure remained silent on the subject. Their preferred strategy for getting the ruling overturned on appeal was to focus on the law, not a judge’s personal [...]

Ninth Circuit Grants Stay in Prop 8 Trial, But Hearing Will Address Standing

By: Monday August 16, 2010 4:30 pm

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a stay to supporters of Prop 8 pending a hearing challenging the ruling by US District Court judge Vaughn Walker. However, the order asks for both parties to address the question of whether the Prop 8 supporters filing the appeal actually have standing to do so. Here [...]

Intervenors File Motion for Stay of Prop 8 Ruling with Ninth Circuit

By: Friday August 13, 2010 10:35 am

As expected, ProtectMarriage.com has filed an emergency stay of Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling in the Prop 8 trial with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The stay that Walker put on his ruling will expire on August 18 absent any action from the Ninth Circuit. A copy of the Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Appeal [...]

Report: Walker Denies Motion to Stay Prop 8 Case: Same Sex Couples Can Marry in California

By: Thursday August 12, 2010 12:17 pm

According to various unsourced reports, Judge Vaughn Walker has just denied the motion by the Defendant-Intervenors to stay his ruling in the Prop 8 trial which overturned the ballot initiative. This means that same-sex couples can marry again in California, regardless of the appeals process through the 9th Circuit and the Supreme Court. Only by [...]

Ruling on Stay Expected Today in Prop 8 Case

By: Thursday August 12, 2010 6:15 am

US District Court Judge Vaughn Walker will issue a ruling today on whether same-sex couples can immediately marry in California, or whether they will have to wait for the outcome of an appeal to his ruling overturning Proposition 8. After issuing his initial ruling, Walker put in place a temporary stay, while both sides prepared [...]

Brown, Schwarzenegger File Briefs Asking for Same-Sex Marriages in California to Begin Again

By: Saturday August 7, 2010 8:32 am

The Attorney General and the Governor of California, both defendants in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial, have filed briefs with US District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, asking that the state allow couples of the same sex to marry again in California, now that Proposition 8 has been found unconstitutional. The filings from Jerry Brown and [...]

Walker’s Decision in Prop 8 Case Written With Kennedy in Mind

By: Friday August 6, 2010 9:10 am

The New York Times takes a look at Vaughn Walker, the George H.W. Bush-appointed federal magistrate who has been a guest speaker of the Federalist Society, in the wake of his ruling in the Prop 8 case. They basically come to the conclusion that he’s a judge who likes his rulings to be upheld: Erwin [...]

The Decision in the Prop 8 Trial – Walker Finds Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

By: Wednesday August 4, 2010 2:15 pm

Via the entire Internet and the mothership, federal district court judge Vaughn Walker has overturned Prop 8, ruling that the gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. Here is the final ruling, all 130-plus pages of it. The key piece: CONCLUSION Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for [...]

Anticipation Mounts as Prop 8 Trial Closes Today

By: Wednesday August 4, 2010 9:00 am

If you’ve been reading your Emptywheel (or pretty much anything else), you know that Vaughn Walker will rule in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, colloquially known as the Prop 8 Trial, sometime between 1:00 and 3:00 PT today. Bmaz adds that the plaintiffs should expect a victory in the case, which if you’ve been following it was [...]

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