Behind The Scense of Challenging Prop 8 - Rob Reiner

  • metta

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    Jan 13, 2010 5:51 AM GMT

    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6089773n



    And for those that do not know: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Reiner
  • metta

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    Feb 07, 2010 8:53 PM GMT




    Judge being gay a nonissue during Prop. 8 trial


    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/07/BACF1BT7ON.DTL
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Feb 07, 2010 9:24 PM GMT
    metta8 said



    Judge being gay a nonissue during Prop. 8 trial


    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/07/BACF1BT7ON.DTL


    I hope this is right, and it is a non-issue. Seems impossible though. Was this already widely-known? I can't believe this is the first we're hearing about it.
  • Menergy_1

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    Feb 07, 2010 9:45 PM GMT
    Not widely known publicly -- but within his colleagues' circles it is said his orientation is acknowledged and not paraded or denied. This was sort of an "outing" by the SF Chronicle in the way it was handled, though, even if Judge Walker was known to be gay. He was also selected at random for this case; nevertheless, I imagine the Pro-8 forces will indeed make the most of insinuations and attempt to discredit him and his ruling, should it go in favor of the plaintiffs (anti-8 ) He is a conservative judge, appointed by Bush Senior, after all, and his demeanor in court (according to blogs and transcripts) has been professional and unbiased. But that doesn't matter to the religious fundies/crazies.

    How the Appeals Court and perhaps, should it be accepted, the SCOTUS justices deal with this "new" aspect and how they react to Judge Walker's legal verdict after his serious weighing of the two sides' evidence and testimony and amicus/animus briefs will nail-biting suspense for me and a lot of others.

    However, in any other case, the sexuality or gender of a judge would surely be irrelevant and a non-issue (even in a rape case or a case involving an ethnic category if the judge were a woman or a man from that ethnic group).
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    Feb 07, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
    Do we have any idea when there will be a ruling? General time frame?
  • Menergy_1

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    Feb 07, 2010 10:03 PM GMT
    Recess until probably late February, when the judge will invite closing arguments (he will have a hell of a lot to re-read and watch videos and go over testimonies in the meantime). Probably a March or even April decision, I've read.
  • Anto

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    Feb 07, 2010 10:29 PM GMT
    Weird I thought he was gay
    I don't see how that should change things though. If they try to make an argument against him for being gay like he is biased, then people could say the exact same thing in regard to a straight judge, like he/she would be biased against gay couples for not being gay.
  • Menergy_1

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    Feb 07, 2010 11:04 PM GMT
    Exactly! But that won't matter.....