Even though Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker — the federal judge in the Boies-Olson challenge to Prop 8 — is inclined to leave the ban on same-sex marriage in effect for the time being, he indicated that he wants to fast-track the case:
The judge in the Ted Olson-David Boies federal lawsuit to overturn California’s Prop. 8 and thereby restore same-sex marriage rights issued a ruling this afternoon saying he wanted to dispense with the preliminary injunction hearing set for tomorrow and ask the parties instead to discuss “case management” — a phrase the plaintiffs are interpreting as meaning moving speedily toward a full trial.
“This is good news,” said a spokesman for the American Foundation for Human Rights, the new LA-based organization which is bringing the suit in California’s Northern District and has hired celebrated litigators Ted Olson and David Boies as co-counsels.
Obtaining such an injunction [that would have halted the ban on same-sex marriage] was always going to be a long shot; the promise of moving quickly to trial is, the spokesman said, an outcome the Boies-Olson team would be very happy with.[Via The Advocate]