Judge Vaughn Walker: I'm Gay

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com April 06 2011 5:45 PM ET

The judge who ruled that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional
said he never considered his sexual orientation a reason to
recuse himself from the case.

U.S. district judge Vaughn Walker, who retired in February, said judges' own attributes, such as sexual orientation, race, or religion, should never influence their ability to preside over a case.

In the interview with Reuters, Walker also acknowledged that he is gay. For the past decade Walker has been in a relationship with a physician.

Walker, a native of Watseka, Ill., spent years working at a top law firm in San Francisco before President George H.W. Bush nominated him for the federal bench in 1989.