Perry update: Judge Walker sets initial dates for trial preparation in Prop 8 challenge

by on July 2, 2009  •  In Constitutional law, Marriage

In a hearing this morning in San Francisco that was originally scheduled for consideration of a possible preliminary injunction, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker did exactly what he had indicated in a prior order: he effectively denied the preliminary injunction by merging it with full-scale consideration of the merits. Then he began scheduling the steps prior to a trial.

From the San Jose Mercury:

Walker gave lawyers on both sides until early August to sort through the factual issues in order to establish a framework for a trial that could take place by the end of the year. … Walker envisions an expansive, unprecedented exploration of the civil rights challenge over gay marriage, ranging from the history of discrimination against gays to arguments over the impact of same-sex marriage on traditional marriage and child-rearing.

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