Tomorrow is the big day for the Prop. 8 trial.
Last week, Rick Jacob from the Courage Campaign posted some of Judge Vaughn Walker’s questions to the parties in the Prop. 8 case. Today, Maura Dolan from the Los Angeles Times looks at those questions — and surmises the focus of Walker’s decision may be on whether being gay is a choice:
A federal judge who will decide the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage wants lawyers during closing arguments Wednesday to discuss the meaning of “choice” in sexual orientation and a possible finding that Proposition 8 attempted to “enforce private morality.”
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who has been presiding over the federal marriage trial in San Francisco, sent lawyers a list of 39 questions he wants addressed when the trial ends Wednesday after four hours of closing arguments.
Walker’s questions reveal some of the issues still troubling him and suggest that his decision will rely heavily on evidence about the nature of sexual orientation, the effect of Proposition 8, and the similarities and differences between heterosexual and same-sex couples. He asked each side 12 questions and posed an additional 15 to both.
Our side is very well represented in this case. No doubt about that.
And, whatever decision Walker reaches will set us on a path to the Supreme Court.