Ever since the federal challenge to Proposition 8 was filed, Northern District of California Chief Judge Vaughn Walker has been leading the parties toward an early trial -- and he didn't loosen the leash Wednesday. Walker swept aside attempts by Prop 8 supporters to knock out the case on summary judgment and sparred with two U.S. Supreme Court-hardened lawyers on key issues expected to affect the outcome of the case. On each of those issues, Walker's ruling helps same-sex marriage advocates more than it hurts them.
Calif. Federal Judge's Ruling Helps Same-Sex Marriage Advocates in Latest Challenge to Prop 8
October 15, 2009