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Prop 8 backers appeal based on judge's sexual orientation

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
For the first time, the federal judge who struck down the gay marriage ban is publicly acknowledging hes gay.

Former U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker is shown in an undated photo. (KABC Photo)

Backers of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, have filed a motion seeking to overturn a federal judge's ruling.

The now-retired Judge Vaughn Walker recently revealed that he was in a long-term relationship with another man. Last summer, he ruled that Prop 8 was unconstitutional.

Supporters of Prop 8 said Walker should have recused himself from the case because his impartiality on the issue could be questioned.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is looking into Walker's ruling at the request of Prop 8 backers.

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