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Judge Vaughn Walker Is Leaving 9th Circuit, Following Exits By Prominent Gay Marriage Justices

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Judge Vaughn Walker, who’s ruling in Perry v. Schwarzenegger could possibly strike down same-sex marriage bans across the country, will retire from the Ninth Circuit next year he says in a letter to President Obama. He’ll end his tenure as the court’s chief judge (a post he assumed in 2004) on Dec. 31 and would fully step down from the bench in February. The move follows the retirement of Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, who in 2008 wrote the deciding opinion legalizing marriage equality in the state, and the retirement of California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron George, who legalized same-sex marriage in 2008 but upheld Prop 8 months later. Let’s hope Walker is around long enough to see the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals laugh at the 134-page attack on his character.