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Uploaded on Jun 13, 2011
Forty-four years and a day after the United States Supreme Court declared marriage "one of the 'basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very existence and survival" (Loving v. Virginia), opponents of marriage equality today again argued that the rights of marriage should not extend to gay and lesbian couples.
Proponents of Prop. 8 argued that because retired US District Court Judge Vaughn Walker -- who ruled Prop. 8 unconstitutional in August 2010 -- was (and still is) in a relationship with a man during trial, he could not have been impartial and therefore his ruling should be thrown out.
The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sole sponsors of Perry v Brown, called the move to disqualify Judge Walker "frivolous," "offensive" and "deeply unfortunate."