Chief Judge James Ware of Federal District Court for the Northern District of California has rejected a motion for disqualification of Judge Vaughn Walker (shown left) because of his longtime relationship with his partner. Judge Ware noted that there was no evidence that Judge Walker intended to marry his partner.
Given the fact that there is no evidence of an intent to marry, Ware ruled there was no requirement that Walker disclose the relationship. It is a major ruling for judges and the limits of disqualification.
Walker ruled earlier in striking down the ban on same-sex marriage contained in Proposition 8.
The ProtectMarriage.com legal team has announced that they will appeal the decision.