Whatever happens with Chief Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling on Proposition 8, gay rights advocates see it as a game changer for legal battles beyond the right to marry.

As they digest the import of Walker’s decision and look ahead to litigation outside the grand prize of marriage, they’re focused on two main aspects of Walker’s 136-page decision: 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,” and its extensive findings of fact, which they say could help their cause in pending state and federal cases as well as in the court of public opinion.

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