According to David Boaz, the federal judge who recently struck down California's Proposition 8, which defined Marriage as a union between one woman and one man,
was first appointed to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, at the recommendation of Attorney General Edwin Meese III (now the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy and Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation). Democratic opposition led by Sen. Alan Cranston (D-CA) prevented the nomination from coming to a vote during Reagan’s term. Walker was renominated by President George H. W. Bush in February 1989. Again the Democratic Senate refused to act on the nomination. Finally Bush renominated Walker in August, and the Senate confirmed him in December.
Josh Green of the Atlantic notes a pattern: the federal judge in Boston who struck down a significant portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that it denied gay and lesbian couples the federal benefits afforded to straight couples, was appointed to the bench by President Richard Nixon. And the chief judge of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote the unanimous decision striking down that state’s marriage ban was appointed by Republican governor Terry Branstad, who was just renominated for governor by Iowa Republican voters.
Republicans have also given us Roe v. Wade, and the murder of Terry Schiavo. Fringe Christian protesters in Colorado noted:
• almost all Republican judges are pro-choice [on abortion] and pro-homosexuality
• all six of the Reagan/Bush Sr./W. Bush judges on the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals voted for starving Terri Schindler to death.
• the Moral Majority/Christian Coalition/Focus on the Family quarter-century strategy of getting godly judges through Republican victories has utterly failed
• it was a Republican Supreme Court which legalized abortion
• Republicans have nominated seven of our nine Supreme Court Justices making it a solidly pro-abortion court
• even the “pro-life” Justices are actually pro-choice on abortion if passed legislatively,
• even they have never declared an unborn child’s fundamental right to life as a living human being and as a constitutionally protected class of “our posterity”
• a Republican-nominated judge wrote the U.S. 9th Circuit ruling against the words “under God” in the Pledge,
• Republican-supported judges issue so many of the most anti-Christian rulings in America
Conservatives must stop voting Republican if they wish to conserve Christian Civilization. True Christianity will not be preserved by more Republican victories at the polls and Republican bureaucracies in Washington D.C. True Christianity needs only liberty.
In a libertarian world, no judge would have the power to rule that a priest or minister must baptize an open atheist, or "marry" a man and his horse.
I have not read the pleadings, but it appears that the Alliance Defense Fund, which defended the electoral majority behind Prop. 8, attempted to defend marriage on purely secular grounds, and opposed efforts by a more explicitly Christian group, Liberty Counsel, to intervene in the trial.
A Gavel Falls on Marriage: The Proposition 8 Decision - AlbertMohler.com
Stand to Reason Blog:
• Federal Judge Strikes Down Prop 8
• If Judge Walker Were Consistent
"Special Meaning" - Pyromaniacs