Judge in Prop. 8 case to quit post
Vaughn R. Walker, the federal judge who ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional, will leave the bench at the end of the year, the U.S. District Court in San Francisco announced Wednesday.
A media liaison for the court said Walker’s decision was unrelated to his August ruling that found a ban on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution. Walker presided over an unprecedented federal trial earlier this year that examined a wide array of questions about gays and lesbians, including whether sexual orientation can be changed and whether samesex unions differ much from opposite-sex unions.
Walker, 66, a Republican appointee considered a conservative with a libertarian bent, has served as a federal district judge for nearly 21 years and as chief judge of the San Francisco-based court since 2004.
A statement by the court said only that Walker would “return to the private sector.”