Vaughn Walker

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    California Supreme Court Rejects Anti-Marriage Equality Petition, Upholds Same-Sex Weddings

    The California Supreme Court today rejected the last remaining legal challenge to same-sex weddings, dismissing a last-minute petition by Prop 8 supporters to continue enforcement of the initiative approved by voters in 2008. The state's high court gave no reason for the dismissal that comes more t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    John Eastman, Chapman Law Professor and Marriage Equality Foe: Prop 8 is CA Law Again!

    Jean Pasco of the Orange County Clerk-Recorder's Office is not sure when same-sex marriages will be allowed again, reportedly saying it could be days or weeks from now.But Chapman University law professor John Eastman, a marriage equality opponent active with the National Organization for Marriage, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Long Beach Play '8' is Public Theater's Coming Out Party

    A new theater entity opens Friday in Long Beach and rarely has a producing organization exploded from the box with a more emotionally charged subject or with such a familiar cast. The entity is the Public Theatre of Long Beach. The play is 8, which dramatizes the courtroom battle that resulted in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Federal Appeals Court Won't Touch California Gay Marriage Ruling

    Because a majority of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' 26 judges declined to revisit a three-member panel's ruling striking down Prop 8, the court will not reconsider the decision to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban.Proponents of Prop 8 earlier indicated they would appeal next to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    [UPDATED With New Celebration Location:] Court Strikes Down Proposition 8; Celebration in Downtown Santa Ana Tonight!

    UPDATED, FEB. 7, 4:30 P.M.:The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage.A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that Proposition 8, which limits marriage to one man and one woman and was approved by voters in 2008, violates equal protection rights u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Chuck Smith on Proposition 8 Ruling: "Absolutely Tragic"

    ​Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel today led off his daily radio program Pastor's Perspective not with a prayer, but a protest. Smith referred to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down California's ban on same-sex marriage as "absolutely tragic", and wond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Proposition 8 Ruling to Come Tuesday

    ​The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday is expected to release a decision on Proposition 8, the state's same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008.U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who is now retired, ruled in 2010 that the ban violated federal equal protection rights for gay and les ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Local Businessman Loses Appeal Based on Family's Nazi Past and Arbiter's Holocaust Nightmares

    ​The Fourth District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana has upheld an arbiter's ruling that had been challenged because he is Jewish and his sister died in the Holocaust.What does that have to do with the price of beans in Tel Aviv? Well, the father of the arbitration loser fought in the German army and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    [BREAKING:] Judge's Right to Rule on Prop. 8 Affirmed

    ​The chief federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that his retired colleague Vaughn Walker was under no legal obligation to step aside from ruling on California's same-sex marriage ban because he is a gay man.Walker ruled in August that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Decision Against Resuming Same-Sex Weddings Emboldens Prop. 8 Backers But Fails to Deter Foes

    ​Three federal judges ruled today that gay marriage cannot resume in California until state and federal appeals courts decide the fate of Proposition 8--something that may be more than a year away.Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Michael Daly Hawkins and N. Randy Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeal for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    As State Supremes Vow to Rule on Prop 8 Backers' Standing, Tom Harman Tries to Make Matter Moot

    Presumably non-gay State Sen. Tom Harman​The California Supreme Court yesterday agreed to analyze whether Proposition 8 proponents have standing to appeal a federal judge's ruling that lifted the ban on same-sex marriages in the Golden State--a legal detour that could delay an appellate decision o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Barbara Coe Calls U.S. Federal Court Judge Vaughn Walker a 'Homo'

    ​California Coalition for Immigration Reform head witch Barbara Coe sends so many damn e-mails to her minions that some inevitably fall behind the radiator--like the one I just found that's dated Aug. 6, 2010. The occasion was the repealing of the anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8 by U.S. District C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Proposition 8 Ruling: One Challenge Rejected, Another Bounced Back to State Supreme Court

    ​In at least a partial setback for the h8rs, the Los Angeles Times reports that a federal appeals court has rejected Imperial County's challenge to Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that California's Proposition 8 ballot initiative, which banned same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional.The 9th Circuit Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Prop 8 Debate Devolves Into Gay Whac-A-Mole

    Happily tossing everything but the kitchen sink at gay citizens​Nothing drags out the vitriol like a discussion about homosexuality, and the ongoing debate over the constitutionality of anti-gay marriage Prop. 8 in California has driven sentiment to new lows.We know that here at the Weekly, where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Richard Nixon Library is g-a-y Gay!

    ​The Richard Nixon Presidential Museum and Library in Yorba Linda is gay, gay, gay.That's what New Yorkers must believe after recent pieces in their most venerable publications, The New Yorker and the New York Times.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    California Gay Marriages Banned Indefinitely

    ​So much for Prop 8 backers not having any standing.A three-judge federal appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely moments ago while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.

  • News

    August 12, 2010

    First a Victory, Now a War

    Same-sex marriage supporters and detractors react to Proposition 8 ruling, what happens next

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    OC's Top Law School Deans Spar Over Prop 8

    Mary Bell/ OC Weekly​The culture clash sparked by Proposition 8 places a premium on sound legal interpretation and commentary.Two of Orange County's preeminent legal scholars are attracting considerable attention from local and national media outlets alike, from CNN to the Weekly. Mirroring the Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Jerry Brown: Gay Weddings Can Resume

    ​"With Prop 8 resoundingly rejected in federal court, there is no reason marriages can't resume now."Jerry Brown, who wants to be California's next governor (again) posted that on his Twitter page less than an hour ago.However, as the Golden State's current attorney general, he has done much more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Prop 8 Overturned

    ​UPDATE: More details on tonight's celebratory rally (see end of post) . . .In a landmark case, Proposition 8, the 2008 California voter initiative that outlawed gay marriage, was overturned. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco ruled that the voter initiative is unconstitution ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Closing Arguments in Prop. 8 Trial Begin Today

    ​Today marks the beginning of the closing arguments in the trial brought in San Francisco federal court against California's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8.A few developments from recent weeks in the Prop. 8-watching world if you haven't been following along:

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Delayed YouTube Telecast of Prop 8 Trial OK'd (For Now)

    ​While Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker rejected a bid by media organizations to televise the Prop 8 trial proceedings live, groups pushing for the broadcasts are somewhat consoled court-operated cameras in his courtroom will be allowed to operate for delayed release on YouTube. And th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    LGBT Groups Seek to Intervene in Prop. 8 Challenge

    This just in from the ACLU, which believes the action taken today will help a judge hearing a challenge of Prop. 8 understand the unequal rights inherent in the ballot initiative . . . SAN FRANCISCO -- Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the American Civil Liberties Union ... More >>