Lawyers mounted their arguments Wednesday to intervene in a federal challenge to California's gay marriage ban, but Chief Judge Vaughn Walker clearly knew how he would rule before any of them uttered a word. Walker, whose facial expressions alternated between somber and smiles throughout the hearing, read from a prepared text after the lawyers had their turn. The judge denied gay rights groups' attempt to direct the plaintiffs' case alongside legal heavyweights Theodore Olson and David Boies.
Advocacy Groups Shut Out of Federal Challenge to Calif. Ban on Gay Marriages
August 20, 2009