Much like gay Judge Vaughn Walker, who overturned California's Constitution, Judge Stephen Reinhardt has personal involvements in this case that disqualify him. As Executive Director of the ACLU of Southern California, his wife Ramona Ripsto is a top activist against it.
The ACLU filed two friend-of-the-court briefs in the Proposition 8 case currently being considered. Due to this blatant conflict of interest, Prop 8 supporters filed a request for Reinhardt to recuse himself that was denied.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Lambda Legal filed two friend-of-the-court briefs in the case supporting the argument that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. (www.ACLU.org)As it stands the 9th circuit panel reviewing the case is mostly radical liberal and will likely uphold the fascist decision.