University of Michigan A. They argued he should have recused himself or disclosed his relationship status, and unless Walker "disavowed any interest in marrying his partner", he had "a direct personal interest in the outcome of the case.
Retrieved February 21, District Court Judge Deborah Batts, who was nominated for her judgeship in
Copyright Los Angeles Times. The attorneys who filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of two same-sex couples wanted a broad ruling that would legalize same-sex marriage across the country.
Now retired from the bench and working as a private mediator, Walker, 69, was expected to play a minor role in the battle over gay marriage. On September 29, , Walker announced he would retire at the end of and return to private practice.
Since retiring from the bench, he has operated a private practice in San Francisco focusing on arbitration and mediation services,  as well as lecturing at Stanford Law School and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. On April 25, , supporters of Proposition 8 filed a motion in district court to vacate Walker's decision, citing Walker's own post-trial statement that he has been in a long-term relationship with another man.