U.S. judge rejects bid to toss gay marriage ruling

by Reuters
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 20:12 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO, June 14 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge let stand a ruling allowing same-sex marriage in California, rejecting an argument that the gay judge who wrote it was biased.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco last year struck down California's same-sex marriage ban, known as Proposition 8, and supporters of the ban now say his ruling was compromised and should be vacated.

In a written ruling on Tuesday, Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware said Walker's same-sex relationship was not reason to toss out his decision. Ware took over the case after Walker retired earlier this year.

(Reporting by Dan Levine and Peter Henderson)

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