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AP Exclusive: Judge's partner cited in Prop 8 case

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FILE - In this photo taken Wednesday, July 8, 2009, Judge Vaughn Walker is seen in his chambers at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, Calif. FILE - In this photo taken Wednesday, July 8, 2009, Judge Vaughn Walker is seen in his chambers at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sponsors of California's same-sex marriage ban say the recent disclosure by the federal judge who struck down Proposition 8 that he is in a long-term relationship with another man has given them new grounds to appeal.

Lawyer Andy Pugno tells The Associated Press on Monday that backers of the voter-approved measure believe that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker should have removed himself from the case because his impartiality could "reasonably" be questioned.

Walker declared Prop 8 to be an unconstitutional violation of gay Californian's civil rights last summer. He retired from the bench in February.

Rumors circulated during the 13-day trial that the judge was gay. Walker confirmed them this month. He said he did not consider his 10-year relationship a reason for recusal.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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