U. S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker has ruled California's Prop 8 banning gay marriage is unconstitutional. Walker is one of only two known gay federal judges. Ironically, his appointment by former President George H. W. Bush was opposed by some Democrats on the grounds he was anti-gay. The Constitution has been in effect for over 200 years and the Fourteenth Amendment, cited by Judge Walker, has been in effect for over 140 years. Some things, such as new technology, may not have been envisioned by our founding fathers and could need interpretation by the courts. Gay marriage isn't one of them. Being gay isn't a new invention. If states want to allow gay marriage, I believe that is their right. However, reinterpreting the Federal Constitution to mean anything judges want it to mean isn't acceptable. In order to believe there is a constitutional right to gay marriage, one would have to believe that the people who wrote the Constitution and the Fourteenth Amendment were so stupid they accidentally wrote this alleged right into law and this federal judge is the first judge smart enough to find it. That scenario is completely unbelievable.
The LA Times reported:
U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Proposition 8, passed by voters in November 2008, violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians to marry the partners of their choice.. His ruling is expected to be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and then up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Judge Walker stacked the deck against Prop 8 proponents from the beginning.
Judge Walker’s decisions have been surprising because they differ from those of other judges who have previously scrutinized marriage laws...
...Judge Walker has ruled that things like TV advertisements, press releases and campaign workers’ statements are also relevant evidence of what the voters intended. The judge went so far as to order the Proposition 8 campaign to disclose private internal communications about messages that were considered for public use but never actually used. He has even ordered the campaign to turn over copies of all internal records and e-mail messages relating to campaign strategy.