SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal judge who ruled that California’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional says he is stepping down from the bench.
The San Francisco-based federal court says Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker notified President Barack Obama by letter on Wednesday that he will leave the court in February.READ MORE: LA Officially Bids To Host Games For 2026 World Cup
Walker is retiring after 21 years as a federal judge. The 66-year-old has been chief judge of the Northern District of California since 2004.READ MORE: New $500M Skyscraper Proposed For Sunset Blvd. In Hollywood
He did not state in the letter his reason for stepping down.
Walker oversaw the high-profile trial over Proposition 8, a voter-approved initiative restricting a marriage to one man and one woman. His August ruling that struck down Proposition 8 is currently being challenged in a federal appeals court.MORE NEWS: Buy Them Now: Shoppers Urged To Get A Jump On The Holidays Due To Global Shipping Problems
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