US District Judge Vaughn Walker had been outed during the lawsuit of Proposition 8 last year. During an interview, he indicated that he had never saw his sexual orientation as a reason to not hear the case.
It would be “a slipping slope” if judges started to drop from the cases because of their own sexual orientation, race or sex, he said.
He added: “I was the ogre of the gay community when I was nominated, and a hero when I leave” because he had a tumultuous relationship with the community being not always in favor of gay groups.
Anti-gay groups appealed his decision to stop the ban of the gay marriage in California and the case is due to come before the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal, after the Supreme Court has ruled whether anti-gay groups have the legal standing to defend Prop 8.