Interestingly, the San Francisco Chronicle thinks this is a non-issue. Curious how U.S. Judge Feldman in New Orleans district court was supposed to recuse himself from ruling against the Obama Administration's moratorium on offshore drilling because he had about $15,000 worth of shares in offshore drilling companies as of 2008, but there's supposedly ZERO conflict-of-interest in the Prop 8 ruling.
Wierd how I mentioned California's Prop 8 in passing earlier this week and unbeknownst to me, it's ruled on the following day.
Calfornia's Prop 8, a statewide ballot measure which defined marriage as being between a man and a woman that was passed in 2008. Not surprisingly, Chief District US Judge Vaugn Walker struck down the ballot measure, saying that it was unconstitutional.
For all the melodramatic frothing and seething about the ignorant, bigoted, wingnut homophobes in California that voted for Prop 8 since November 2008 (by a 52.2% to 47.8% margin), keep in mind Obama won the Golden state by 61%. I think there's one simple explanation for that- while Latino voters went for Obama in '08, they generally aren't down with TeH GHeY.
So more than half the voters in California apparently didn't know what they were talking about when they voted 'Yes'. Thank you for clearing that up, Judge Walker.
Interestingly, pretty much every state that has put a same-sex marriage issue on the ballot, the electorate usually votes against gay marriage....even farily liberal states like Maine, Michigan and California. But good thing these Federal judges know what's best for us plebes....
I figure it's only a matter of time before we hear about the non-stop death threats against Judge Walker, just like we have against Arizona Federal Judge Susan Bolton [notice how the headline says she's 'innundated' with death threats, but then the US Marshall says that less than 0.1% of the angry phone calls recieved after Bolton's ruling on SB1070 could be considered threats- NANESB!].
Also worth noting that U.S. District Court judge Martin Feldman recieved death threats shortly after he overturned President Obama's mortorium on offshore drilling back in June. Curous how that barely even made the local papers.....
As glad as I was to see Missouri's Prop C pass the other day, activist judges like Walker and Bolton have shown that members of the judiciary aren't above contravening the will of the voters from the safet of the bench.