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Remember When the Gays Hated Prop 8 Judge Vaughn Walker?


Because, once upon a time, they did. “Back in 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated San Francisco corporate lawyer Vaughn Walker as a federal judge and ran into a wave of local opposition. Gay rights advocates were seething about Walker’s representation of the U.S. Olympic Committee in a lawsuit that prevented a local group from calling its athletic competition the Gay Olympics. To secure legal fees, he attached a lien to the home of Tom Waddell, the group’s AIDS-stricken founder, and removed the lien only after Waddell died. Other foes cited his membership in the all-male Olympic Club or simply questioned why the city needed another white male pillar of the establishment on the bench. It took nearly two years – and two renominations by Reagan’s successor, George H.W. Bush – for the Senate to confirm him.” Then again, maybe the dude is family?

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One Comment

  • Keith

    Hellloooo…..he’s gay! It’s pretty well known around SF that he is gay. But, don’t count on that swaying his decisions or rulings. He may be gay, but that won’t affect his decisions.

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