In fact, Judge Walker was first appointed to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, at the recommendation of Attorney General Edwin Meese III (now the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy and Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation). Democratic opposition led by Sen. Alan Cranston (D-CA) prevented the nomination from coming to a vote during Reagan’s term. Walker was renominated by President George H. W. Bush in February 1989. Again the Democratic Senate refused to act on the nomination. Finally Bush renominated Walker in August, and the Senate confirmed him in December.
In other words, this “liberal San Francisco judge” was recommended by Ed Meese, appointed by Ronald Reagan, and opposed by Alan Cranston, Nancy Pelosi, Edward Kennedy, and the leading gay activist groups. It’s a good thing for for advocates of marriage equality that those forces were only able to block Walker twice.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Judge in California gay marriage case is no left-wing liberal
Judge Vaughn Walker, who yesterday overturned California's Proposition 8 banning gay marriage, has been accused of "extreme judicial activism" and "judicial tyranny"; a "San Francisco liberal" who has allowed his personal bias to thwart the will of the people. David Boaz of the Cato Institute points out a few facts about Judge Walker that inconveniently don't fit this narrative: