Walker, Known for Novel Sentences and Unpredictable Decisions, Riles Some in California Trial by Allowing Wide Range of Evidence
By JUSTIN SCHECK and GEOFFREY A. FOWLER
Wall Street Journal
SAN FRANCISCO -- The judge presiding over the first serious challenge in federal court of a state gay-marriage ban has defined his career with an unconventional approach.
[Quirky Judge Presides in Gay-Marriage Case] Associated Press
Two days into the trial over the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 gay-marriage ban, Judge Vaughn Walker has upset some opponents of gay marriage by allowing gay couples to testify on the meaning of marriage.
The 65-year-old judge has tried to breach the longtime ban on TV cameras in federal court by ordering the trial to be posted on YouTube -- though the Supreme Court has temporarily stayed that decision.
On Monday, the first day of the trial, he repeatedly asked the lawyers: Why don't states "get out of the marriage business? It would solve the problem."
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