Same-sex marriage judge dealt with other gay cases
By LISA LEFF
Associated Press Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - The appointment of Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Richard Walker to the bench was held up for two years during the late 1980s in part because he had angered gay rights activists.
Now, he is presiding over the most important gay civil rights case in a generation.
Like a lot of powerful people, Walker is a profile in fragments, a figure sketched from rare interviews, his work product and his colleagues' carefully chosen anecdotes.
"Vaughn is a very creative thinker," said former San Francisco County Superior Court Judge James Warren, who has known Walker since they worked together at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro during the mid-1970s. "He has no problem disagreeing with you and coming up with his own ideas."
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