Vaughn Walker

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Rules California's Prop 8 Unconstitutional

    By a vote of two to one, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruled that California's Proposition is unconstitutional. Simply put: even though more Californians voted for Prop 8 than not, that proposition was a violation of the constitution of the United States of America, according to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    California Supreme Court Grants Standing in Prop 8 Case to Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage

    ​The California Supreme Court ruled today that opponents who sued to appeal U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010 ruling, which found Prop 8 to be unconstitutional, have "standing" to do so. Walker's ruling in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger would have, effectively, allowed same-sex marri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Paul Oetken, First Openly Gay Judge, Confirmed to Federal Bench

    ​James Paul Oetken was confirmed to the United States District Court yesterday for the Southern District of New York. He was the first ever openly gay man ever appointed to the federal bench.

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Prop 8 Backers Lose Key Fight

    In a victory for gay rights, a California federal judge today rejected an attempt by Prop 8's backers to vacate Judge Vaughn Walker's previous ruling that overturned Prop 8, the Metro Weekly's Chris Geidner reports this afternoon. Prop 8's supporters had argued that because Walker was himself gay a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Prop 8 Defenders Go After Judge for Being in Longtime Gay Relationship

    ​A group in California filed a brief yesterday saying that only white judges should be able to rule on cases of racial discrimination, because black judges would be compromised in their desire for their own equal rights. Actually, they didn't. We made that up. But they might as well have. Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    This Week on the Gay Marriage Beat: Whoppers and Lies, Fence-sitting and Delays

    ‚ÄčA gay couple can have a whopper of a hard time just trying to order a sandwich at Burger King, let alone trying to obtain a license to get hitched. Here are six more things you should know to keep it all straight.

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Proposition 8 Decision: We Will Decide In a Year or So

    The California Supreme Court made a decision today, kind of, in the ongoing case of Proposition 8, the California ballot proposal that banned gay marriage in 2008. The California Supremes decided that they will decide something in about ten months to a year. There's nothing like justice delayed, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    The 10 Gayest Political Stories of 2010

    Ring ceremony: Reid and Choi2010 was one of the gayest political years ever. Here's our take on the 10 gayest stories we reported on — throughout the five boroughs, the nation, and the world.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Gay Marriage in California Put on Hold by Appeals Court

    Well, that didn't last long. After his strongly worded decision rendering California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker lifted his stay last week, effective this Wednesday. Gay marriages were set to start again at 5 PM PDT tomorrow, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Morning Links: The Kardashian/Bieber Connection; Grimaldi's Possible Eviction, and Other A.M. Shake-Ups

    via​Rangel Holds 80th Birthday Party cum Campaign Fundraiser in the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza hotel. A "Make checks payable to Rangel Victory Fund," hung outside the ballroom. For guests, the rule was no cash, no bash -- all attendees had to cough up at least $200. [Daily News] The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Stay Lifted on Prop. 8 Decision: Gays in California Can Marry As of August 18

    Judge Vaughn Walker will lift his temporary stay on last week's decision declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional. However, as Joe My God notes, the stay won't expire until August 18. But after then, California will again become one of the few states where gay and lesbian couples can marry, at least ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Prop 8, Michelle Obama, Ground Zero Mosque: Are Conservatives Basically The Honky Party?

    Last week Judge Vaughn Walker's decision setting aside Prop 8 in California unleashed plenty of grumbling from rightbloggers. As it involves gay people, this was to be expected. There was also rightblogger outrage, also expected, that Michelle Obama and her daughters had a swell, privately-funded v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    NYC's Proposition 8 Rally in Foley Square: Video

    ​The Village Voice's Steven Thrasher was in attendance at a rally in New York's Foley Square last night where some 200 folks gathered to celebrate yesterday's ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. There, civil rights attorneys Yetta Kurland and Todd Fernandez read key sec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    California's Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

    U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled today that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. The long awaited decision was just released from the U.S. District Courthouse for Northern California in San Francisco. The case, Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, was a lawsuit in which two gay couples sued that Propo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    No TV For Prop 8 Trial in San Francisco -- US Supreme Court

    ​The US Supreme Court has pulled the plug on broadcasting the historic Prop 8 federal trial, beginning today in San Francisco. Last week, Judge Vaughn Walker made the decision to allow delayed televised coverage of the trial. Video coverage was to be available regularly on YouTube, though Wal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Turn Prop 8 Into a Reality Show

    ​That's what the Courage Campaign is urging us all to do. Seeing as the proceedings to reverse the hideous Prop will be a landmark case in equality, they want it to be watched and exposed and scrutinized by the public via the same cameras that have us glimpsing into the lives of real housewive ... More >>

  • News

    August 22, 2006

    George Bush: Recidivist

    A judge who came out of the civil rights movement teaches Bush the Constitution.