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(CBS/AP) The federal judge who overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure’s sponsors: he not only is unwilling to keep gay couples from marrying beyond next Wednesday, he doubts the ban’s backers have the right to challenge his ruling.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker on Thursday rejected a request to delay his decision striking down Proposition 8mag glass 10x10 Judge Doubts Right to Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling from taking effect until high courts can take up an appeal lodged by its supporters. One of the reasons, the judge said, is he’s not sure the proponents have the authority to appeal since they would not be affected by or responsible for implementing his ruling.

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So now the judge believes that those opposed to his ruling don’t even have the right to appeal.  This judge has made himself out to be judge, jury and executioner.   It is apparent that he is promoting his own personal agenda.  Your thoughts and comments.

-Alan Stock

  1. Tony Sidaway says:

    He has simply given his opinion that the proponents do not have standing to appeal. He would be the first to admit that only the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals can give a binding determination, but he was being asked to retain the stay on his original judgement pending appeal, but in deciding whether to comply he had to consider whether an appeal was likely. He did in fact extend the stay until the 18th, to give the proponents a chance to appeal his decision not to grant a stay to the Ninth Circuit, and to the Supreme Court if necessary.

    So you see there is no question of Judge Walker stopping an appeal. If the Ninth Circuit thinks the proponents have standing to appeal, they will hear the appeal.

  2. Dan says:

    This is how all leftists think. They are better than us and we should not even think about questioning them.

    These are the types of public officials that will spurn a violent revolution in this country. If they cannot follow the law, why should we? If they get to keep their jobs for life, then how long will they live when the people get fed up?

  3. Tony Sidaway says:

    Dan, he’s a judge. He hasn’t stopped anybody appealing, he’s just expressed doubts, based on his understanding of the law, as to the intervening party’s standing to appeal. If you’re interested in an exposition of the legal basis for those doubts in the the Ninth Circuit website which should by now have documents from the proponent’ and the plaintiffs arguing, inter alia, on the question of standing.

    The only parties that definitely have standing to appeal are the defendants, who are the Governor and the Attorney General. Both of them decline to appeal because they accept Judge Walker’s verdict.

    I think many people would also have problems with your calling Judge Walker a “leftist”. He was first nominated by Ronald Reagan and later successfully elevated to the bench by George H. W. Bush, against opposition from Senator Kennedy and Rep. Pelosi. Apparently those Democrats thought he was likely to be anti-gay.

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