SAN FRANCISCO -- Retired U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, whose ruling on Proposition 8 led to Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing, presided over the first federal trial on same-sex marriage. The tall, lanky, white-haired former judge is now in private practice in San Francisco doing mediation and private judging.
Walker, 69, retired in February 2011. He was busy mediating a business dispute Tuesday morning but was going to listen to a recording of the arguments and read a transcript later.
“I have another life now, a new life,” he said. “I have done my part. I sent the case off to the Court of Appeals, and now it’s in the hands of other people.”
He said the case is often on his mind.
“One gets reminded of this all the time,” he said. “It is the case that keeps on giving.”
“I think about it from time to time. But I have moved on.”
He declined to discuss the Proposition 8 litigation, citing the “hubbub over my personal life” made by Prop. 8’s sponsors. After Walker decided to overturn Proposition 8, the measure’s sponsors contended that he should have recused himself because he is gay.