Your Honor, Are You Straight or Gay?

So the question is, “Should only straight judges be allowed to rule on gay rights issues?

…ethicists disagree on whether retired federal judge Vaughn R. Walker, 67, should have disclosed his 10-year relationship with his partner before presiding over the challenge to Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot measure that reinstated a ban on same-sex marriage. Walker ruled in August that the ban was unconstitutional, and his decision is now before an appeals court…

A federal district judge in San Francisco has scheduled a June 13 hearing to decide whether Walker’s ruling should be wiped from the legal record as a result of his personal situation.

Does this mean only gay judges can preside over straight divorces in states that outlaw same-sex marriage? Read the whole mess in the L.A. Times and then discuss amongst yourselves.

One comment

  • May 29, 2011 - 4:01 pm | Permalink

    By this standard, heterosexual judges should not be allowed to hear divorce cases.

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