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Retired Judge Vaughn Walker discusses his ruling to overturn Prop 8 | VIDEO

SAN FRANCISCO -- It's rare that a judge speaks candidly about high-profile cases, but on Thursday, retired U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker discussed his decision to overturn Proposition 8, the ballot measure opposing same-sex marriage.

Judge Walker was invited to talk at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club. While he was involved in a number of high-profile cases, the audience seemed most interested in his opinion of the same-sex marriage debate.

Given his sexual orientation, Walker said he did not foresee any problems when he took over the Prop 8 case. "I didn't anticipate a problem because the word was out and had been publicly disclosed, published in a number of sources. And, the proponents of Proposition 8 indicated before the trial was over that they were not going to raise the matter. So, I figured that was not going to be an issue," he said.

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