A decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals on Proposition 8 is expected soon after both sides in the landmark legal battle held their final oral arguments before a three-judge panel.
The judges appeared unswayed by Prop 8 supporters arguments that U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself from the case because he has been in a long term relationship with a male partner, per the Los Angeles Times’ Maura Dolan. As she writes, Judge Randy Smith, the only Republican appointee on the panel, seemed unswayed. “What about an unmarried heterosexual judge who wants to maintain the definition of marriage?” he asked. “Does he have to disclose that?”
But the judges seemed more likely to overturn a lower court ruling that the tapes of the January, 2010, trial should be released to the public. Judge Stephen Reinhardt noted “the word of the court is supposed to mean something,” over concerns that Walker had indicated that the trial would be taped for his own record.
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