The judge presiding over the first serious challenge in federal court of a state gay-marriage ban has defined his career with an unconventional approach.
Two days into the trial over the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 gay-marriage ban, Judge Vaughn Walker has upset some opponents of gay marriage by allowing gay couples to testify on the meaning of marriage.
The 65-year-old judge has tried to breach the longtime ban on TV cameras in federal court by ordering the trial to be posted on YouTube -- though the Supreme Court has temporarily stayed that decision.
On Monday, the first day of the trial, he repeatedly asked the lawyers: Why don't states "get out of the marriage business? It would solve the problem."
OK, that's two lines, but right on the money in any case. Read the rest; Walker is an interesting guy. How did a libertarian get on the federal bench?