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posted Friday, January 8, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 02

Quirky Judge Presides in Gay-Marriage Case
Walker, Known for Novel Sentences and Unpredictable Decisions, Riles Some in California Trial by Allowing Wide Range of Evidence

By JUSTIN SCHECK and GEOFFREY A. FOWLER
Wall Street Journal

SAN FRANCISCO -- 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. [Quirky Judge Presides in Gay-Marriage Case] Associated Press

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."

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