Bias and Proposition 8

Last year, when California’s Supreme Court upheld the state’s gay marriage ban known as Proposition 8, there was little speculation about the sexual orientation of the seven justices or the possible heterosexual biases they might harbor. But when federal Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8 on August 4, reporting and commentary treated claims of Walker’s gayness as a matter of fact–and a newsworthy subject. This despite Walker’s never having addressed his sexual orientation publicly. As gay activist Michelangelo Signorile noted on the Huffington Post, “Most major media organizations, from the New York Times and ABC News to the Washington Post […]