Gay rights advocates see Chief Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling on Proposition 8 as a game changer for legal battles beyond the right to marry. They're focused on two main aspects of Walker's decision: its extensive findings of fact and its conclusion that "the evidence presented at trial shows that gays and lesbians are the type of minority that strict scrutiny was designed to protect." Walker's holding on strict scrutiny has implications for the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy as well as adoption restrictions.
Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Plants Flag for Gay Rights
August 9, 2010