Vaughn Walker, the trial judge during the Prop 8 case, made his first public statement that confirmed that he was gay and had some sensible things to say about when judges should recuse themselves:
Former U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who retired from the bench at the end of February, said it would not be appropriate for any judge's sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin or gender to stop them from presiding over a case.
"That's a very slippery slope," Walker said.
The talk to a handful of reporters was Walker's first public comments to reporters about presiding over the lawsuit challenging to Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California. Walker struck down the ban as unconstitutional, and the case is currently on appeal.
The right's going to love to say that he was biased because of this, but assuming that someone is biased just because of their identity while never holding people of a dominant group to the same standard (if gay marriage threatens straight marriage, then wouldn't straight people be biased too?), just normalizes the dominant group and concedes half the argument for equal protection under the law.