Judge in Prop. 8 case to quit post

Los Angeles Times - - Latextra - — Maura Dolan

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.”

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